United remained in a fight for the leading 4 and in the latter phases of the FA Cup and Europa League prior to the season was stopped.
Ed Woodward states Manchester United‘s core goal remains support Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to win prizes as the club continues to come to grips with the coronavirus crisis.
7 weeks on from the Europa League win against LASK in Austria, United are waiting to hear when they can go back to action amidst the Covid-19 pandemic.
Executive vice-chairman Woodward last Friday informed fans that continuing speculation around big-money transfers “ignore the realities that face the sport” today.
Ed Woodward enjoys with Manchester United’s development under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (Tim Goode/PA)
The United chief highlighted that position in the Q&A session that followed that fans online forum and made clear his ongoing support of manager Solskjaer.
“It’s always a top priority for us to strengthen the team and build on what Ole is very clearly achieving in terms of bringing us back to the top,” Woodward stated. “However we have actually got to have clearness on what the future holds.
” What will occur with the rest of this season? What is the effect on next season? Is it behind closed doors or in front of fans? What’s the effect on broadcast offers, sponsorship offers? What’s the effect on domestic cups? Etc, and so on
” There are numerous, numerous moving parts.
” It is not always going to be business- as-usual for clubs this summer.
” It feels rather improper to see speculation about transfers for numerous millions in present scenarios.
” There’s a big detach in between those stories and the financial truths dealing with football clubs in general.
” Plainly it’s true we are lucky to be in a strong financial position compared to numerous clubs, however we are not immune from the financial effect of what this infection is doing.
” I would state that as soon as we have that presence of a course through the crisis and coming out of the other side to relative normality, then naturally we intend to stay extremely competitive in the market.
Bruno Fernandes was checked in January (Martin Rickett/PA)
“As I said before and I’ve said this many times – we remain committed to backing Ole to win trophies. That’s our core objective as a club.”
United stay in the hunt for 2 cups in addition to Champions League certification through the Premier League, with ‘Project Restart’ targeting a June resumption.
Woodward was uninformed of talk the English top-flight might be completed abroad and is still waiting for a clear course forwards.
“I think we all agree that we want supporters back watching football at Old Trafford as soon as possible,” he stated, speaking prior to the drape boiled down in France and some Premier League players went back to limited activity at training premises.
” That can just occur when we are encouraged it is safe to do so, and plainly the Federal Government has a major state because.
If the Premier League season does resume (Dave Howarth/PA)
Old Trafford’s stands might stay empty.
” No choices have actually been made yet, however we think it is possible that the preliminary games, especially the ones related to attempting or completing to finish this season, will most likely have actually to be played behind closed doors– however that isn’t validated.
” We’re not always pleased about that, plainly football needs our fans in the arena for it to be total, however public health should come first– and as I stated, this is down to the Federal Government.
” It is essential to get back to playing football and finish this season once it’s safe to do so. We are starting to see some other countries make favorable actions in this instructions such as Germany.
” You might have seen in the press (recently) they are training the players, albeit not yet together correctly as a squad, however that’s coming as the next phase of the procedure and they are intending to reboot their season from, I think, the second weekend of May.
“From a UK perspective there is still huge uncertainty, so we will keep fans informed as soon as decisions are made, including consultation through this forum.”