Ed Woodward has heaped praise on the results gained by Manchester United caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
The Norwegian was appointed prior to Christmas following a miserable few months under Jose Mourinho, who oversaw the club’s worst start to a season for 28 years.
He has been in charge for 12 games, winning ten of those, with his first defeat coming against Paris Saint Germain on Tuesday.
Speaking at a quarterly conference call, Woodward praised Solskjaer and his management staff for their ‘positive impact’ at the club.
“The appointment of Ole and Mike as caretaker manager and assistant manager, working with Kieran, Michael and Emilio, has had a positive impact throughout the club,” he said. “We are delighted with the improvement.”
Ed Woodward: "OGS fantastic start reviving performance of team. Tuesday wasn’t result we wanted. As OGS said we want to be competing at the highest level."
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In a way, that defeat to PSG – and more importantly the nature of it – could prove to be a good thing for United on a long-term basis.
You could have been fooled, prior to PSG, that Solskjaer had ‘cracked’ it, delivering fast and forward thinking attacking football and putting an arm round players.
But the way in which United were outclassed by PSG demonstrated emphatically that this club must make fundamental changes, both on the pitch and off it, in order to reach the level of Thomas Tuchel’s side.
Solskjaer is certainly a good indication of where the club should be going. But he is by no means a complete answer. You hope Woodward recognises that.