Ed Woodward has heaped praise on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Manchester United’s new signings ahead of their game against Aston Villa.
Man United endured a mixed start to the new campaign. Earlier in the season, the pressure was starting to mount on Solskjaer with some suggesting that Woodward was looking for his replacement. But their form has picked up and they now sit second in the Premier League.
They are unbeaten in six in all competitions. This run includes their huge 6-2 win over Leeds United and their Carabao Cup victory over Everton.
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Solskjaer’s side are set to face Man City in the semi-final of the Carabao Cup. They will also hope to be in the running to win the FA Cup and Europa League come the end of the season.
If the Red Devils can win their game in hand, they will move level on points with Liverpool at the top of the Premier League.
Here is the address in full from Woodward, which has been cited by Manchester Evening News:
“There is much to be excited about on the pitch as Ole and the team head into the new year competing strongly in the Premier League and with three cups still to pursue.
“The team’s positive form has lifted all our spirits in recent weeks, winning seven and drawing two of our last nine domestic games at the time of writing, and let’s hope for another entertaining game this evening to start the year on a bright note.
“While this remains a difficult winter in the short-term, we can all feel more optimistic about the medium and longer-term as vaccines arrive to fight the virus. One of the many benefits from this should be the gradual return of fans to football stadiums and we can’t wait for ours to be allowed back inside Old Trafford.
“The team has coped well in challenging circumstances while playing behind closed doors. Indeed, at the time of writing, we have won more points-per-game since Project Restart last June than any other Premier League club. We also have four more wins and nine more goals than at the same time last season.
“There are many positive statistics like these showing the progress made under Ole in the past year. But they tell only part of the story. Just as important is the work we see being done behind the scenes to build a winning culture consistent with the club’s traditions of attacking football played by youthful, hard-working teams fusing homegrown talent with top-class recruits.
“We are getting closer to those objectives as the squad continues to develop following the arrivals of Bruno Fernandes, Donny van de Beek, Alex Telles and Edinson Cavani. Our ongoing investment reflects the tremendous resilience of the club and our commitment to supporting Ole, while remaining disciplined at an extremely challenging time.
“As always, our priority is to win trophies and, with the team going into the new year competing on four fronts, we are optimistic about the path ahead in 2021.”