Manchester United: Ed Woodward hits back at critics and backs boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

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By Simon Stone
BBC Sport
Manchester United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward says asserts non-football individuals take significant football decisions in the Old Trafford club area myth andan insult.
United are 12th in the Premier League and 15 points behind leaders Liverpool, who they play on Sunday (16:30 BST).
Its been claimed Woodward has sway on Solskjaers team, and Jose Mourinhos ahead of him.
However, Woodward says decisions on players arenot made with senior administration.
Amid United struggles, special attention was paid for their failure after it became Alexis Sanchez and Romelu Lukaku are departing for Inter Milan, to signal a striker.
The team decided against making a go at that time although it is known Juventus front-man Mario Mandzukic was considered.
The decision appears to have backfired as United have struggled for goals – scoring only five times in their seven league games.
Woodward, speaking at the annual meeting of the club, says a number are incorrect.
There is a myth that we have non-football folks making football decisions, he explained. I believe thats insulting to the fantastic individuals working on the soccer side in this club
He added:Weve expanded our recruitment department in recent decades and we believe this now runs in an efficient and effective manner.
Player recommendations and decisions are worked on by this department and by the first-team supervisor and his staff, not by senior administration
Although the clubs owners, the Glazer family members, were the subject of supporter discontent during the defeat on 6 October woodward has come under fire recently.
It is being worried financing will be available should possible signings emerge in January, which is regarded as a month by some in ensuring that a disappointing season does not profession from control.
Club resources are aware the current situation is far below expectations.
That is Uniteds worst start to a league campaign in 30 years, with no longer than 1 target on the opening day of this effort in any sport as the 4-0 victory over Chelsea and three wins out of 11 games in all competitions.
Nevertheless any mid-season recruitment is going to be accomplished with a long term view. Signing gamers for its interest is being ruled out.
Uniteds three summer signings – Daniel James, Aaron Wan-Bissaka and also Harry Maguire – have made a positive effects.
The modifications we found over the summer have led to a very young squad, said Woodward.
But its also a team, with the players and the civilization, that provides a base camp for us to develop and grow from as we start our new travel.
Solskjaer has power of veto over any signing and faced with the possibility of operating with enrolling players or a slimmed down squad under the amount he desired went for the former alternative.
This was accepted by senior United figures even though everybody, from the director down, understood danger was brought by it when injuries struck at how that they have.
Solskjaer is under pressure to reverse the situation that is current .
Well-placed sources are adamant the 46-year-old retains the aid of Woodward and also the Glazer family.
Woodward said last month that the club required to be individual and its understood that even a significant defeat to Liverpool on Sunday wouldnt change the circumstance.
The center section of last year, after Oles coming, feels most relevant to what we want to accomplish and where we want to be, said Woodward.
We saw a team playing fast, fluid football, with a transparent representation of this design and doctrine the supervisor wants.
Ole has also instilled the subject back into an environment where we may have lacked it in the past couple of decades. Hes constructing a squad which respects the history, in which players work hard and respect their team-mates of the club. No-one is larger than the club.
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