Former Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjær takes a subtle jab at Ed Woodward
Former Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjær has subtly criticized the club’s former executive vice-chairman, Ed Woodward for his transfer approach. Solskjær managed the Red Devils from December 2018 to November 2021 under the leadership of Woodward.
The former Norwegian international failed to win any major trophy as a manager for United. However, Solskjær did manage to bring in important players such as current United captain Bruno Fernandes.
Solskjær was already a fan favorite due to his time as a United player under legendary manager Sir Alex Ferguson. During his playing career at United, Solskjær appeared in 366 matches while scoring 126 goals and providing 54 assists.
Solskjær told The Athletic in detail about the protocols he had to follow before signing up for United’s managerial post. He said:
“There was a cap on three main ones (signings) every season. I signed up for it when I arrived. I can’t complain now and I’m not the type to moan after losing my job, but United have spent a lot more in the two summer transfer windows since I was there. They have seen what the club needs.”
Richard Arnold replaced Woodward as United’s CEO when the current manager, Erik ten Hag, took over the club. Solskjær made a subtle remark about the change in transfer strategy under Arnold, which he deemed more efficient compared to the one applied by Woodward.
Solskjær wanted world-class players like Erling Haaland, Jude Bellingham, Jack Grealish, and Declan Rice but failed to sign them for United due to Woodward’s policy. The Norwegian believes United are in better hands under Arnold which will help Ten Hag thrive.
The Red Devils’ fans would feel that Solskjær is just confirming what they have felt all along when it comes to transfer strategy. If Solskjær had been able to acquire the players he desired, his reign might have been entirely different.
Even though Ten Hag has enjoyed more power than Solskjær, the Dutchman is facing hard times at the club. The Red Devils have lost three out of five Premier League games played so far this season.
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United lost the away game against Bayern Munich last night in the Champions League opening game. The fans are hoping that the Dutchman can turn the tide and salvage the current season before it is too late.