Published: Sun, October 20, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

United chief backs Solskjaer, hits out at 'insults', 'myths'

United chief backs Solskjaer, hits out at 'insults', 'myths'

Manchester United's executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward has said it is an insult to the club to suggest non-footballing staff are making major football decisions.

United now sit 12th in the Premier League table, just two points above the relegation zone and 15 adrift of league leaders Liverpool ahead of Sunday's clash with their fierce rivals at Old Trafford. He is building a squad that respects the club's history. All the players here want to give everything for the club and for the shirt - that's a big thing. Nevertheless it indubitably's also a squad, with the players and the culture, that offers a deplorable camp for us to accept as true with and develop from as we open our novel hotfoot'.

But the 13-time Premier League champions allowed Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez to depart for Inter without bringing in a replacement, leaving Solskjaer light of options in attack. "I know people have said stuff about our recruitment but it's nearly like an insult to the recruitment office, the scouts and us as professionals - me and Mick (Phelan), the staff".

"I remember when Jurgen [Klopp] came in [at Liverpool], if we compare, he also seemed to get a few injuries early on because of maybe the work load and intensity he wanted his team to play in... you don't see that any more". We have expanded our recruitment division lately, and we imagine this now runs in an environment friendly and productive approach. "Player recommendations and decisions are worked on by this department and by the manager, not by senior management".

Solskjaer has overseen United's worst start to a season in 30 years, with his team winless in their last three English Premier League matches.

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"What's important is the commercial side is never allowed to take priority over the football side". That can by no manner, ever exchange. We need to create more chances because at the back we've looked solid.

Speaking at Friday's news conference before Sunday's game against the league leaders, Solskjaer was asked if the Manchester United job was too big for him.

"We make decisions on the players we want to have and who's available and then it's the negotiations".

"Ole's vision maps exactly to the core three football objectives we have".

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