Man United: We have funds for squad rebuild
Manchester United will launch a huge rebuild this summer, according to executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward.
In a call to investors on Thursday, United’s leading man revealed their third quarter financial results and said he will use the success of the business side of the club to rebuild the playing squad and give Ole Gunnar Solskjaer the resources he needs this summer.
Despite finishing sixth in the Premier League this season and failing to qualify for the UEFA Champions League next season, United’s performance off the pitch is on the up. Revenue is up 3.4 percent to $194.6 million and there was a 94 percent rise in operating profits to $18.1 million.
Here’s more from Woodward:
“Everyone at the club - the board, the manager, the squad and all the staff are resolute in our desire to get United back to the top of English football. We continually look to improve staff on and off the pitch to achieve this,” Woodward said. “The strength of our business means we have the financial resources to continue to provide a solid foundation for backing the manager and creating success on the pitch. This, as ever, remains our number one goal.”
Woodward added that the “underlying strength of our business will allow us to support the manager and his team as we look to the future” as he hailed the appointment of Solskjaer and his assistant coaches Mike Phelan, Michael Carrick, Kieran McKenna and Mark Dempsey.
“The season that has just ended clearly didn’t end the way we hoped, finishing in sixth place and with a disrupted managerial change part way through,” Woodward said. " However, Ole and the squad battled back from mid-December to put us in contention to qualify for the Champions League next season, but ultimately we came up short. While the last few weeks were disappointing, we are delighted to have confirmed the appointment of Ole as our manager on a three-year contract.”
It seems like Solskjaer will have money to spend, but that hasn’t fared too well for his predecessors at United. Both Louis van Gaal and Jose Mourinho spent plenty of cash but failed to rebuild this United squad in a manner which shows they are on the path to becoming perennial Premier League contenders once again.
Get ready for a summer of big spending from United, as Paul Pogba, Alexis Sanchez, David de Gea and Romelu Lukaku have all been linked with moves away from the Red Devils.
Big change is needed, and it seems like Woodward is finally ready to accept it. This could pretty much be his last roll of the dice after lurching from one expensive mistake to another in recent seasons.