Woodward believes foundations are in place for Man Utd success under Solskjaer

By Simon Peach, PA chief football writer
PA Media: Sport
Ed Woodward, executive vice-chairman of Manchester United. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
Ed Woodward, executive vice-chairman of Manchester United. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

Executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward believes the foundations are in place for long-term success with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at Manchester United.

United are still in contention for Europa League and FA Cup glory, though they sit fifth in the Premier League – an eye-watering 38 points behind table-topping rivals Liverpool.

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The big-money January arrival of Bruno Fernandes has increased optimism around the club and Woodward, whose house was attacked by some disgruntled fans last month, believes United are on the right track.

“We are pushing for a strong finish in the Premier League, the Europa League and the FA Cup as we enter the final third of the season,” he said.

“We have continued to make progress on our squad rebuild, with many changes in terms of players that we have brought in and players that have come through our academy.

“The foundation for delivering the long-term success that we are all working towards is in place as we implement our plan and our footballing vision with Ole.”

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (Photo by PAUL ELLIS/AFP via Getty Images)
Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (Photo by PAUL ELLIS/AFP via Getty Images)

Woodward made his comments as United released their second quarter 2020 fiscal results.

The club reiterated their revenue guidance for the year of between £560million and £580million, while net debt is up 23.2 per cent to £391.3m.

The club say the increase of £73.6m over the year is “primarily due to an overall decrease in cash and cash equivalents” and that “the gross USD debt principal remains unchanged”.

United recorded revenues of £168.4m in Q2 – down 19.3 per cent on the same period the previous year – and an operating profit of £36.5m, which is down 17 per cent due in no small part to the lack of Champions League football.

But commercial revenues are up seven per cent, including 11.9 per cent in sponsorship, following recent deals with Alibaba and Mondelez International.

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