Woodward happy with United’s vision

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Executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward says Manchester United remain focused on "rebuilding the team" under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward insists Manchester United know the direction they are moving in and has backed the club’s youth policy.

Things have not exactly gone to plan snice the retirement of legendary manager Sir Alex Ferguson, with David Moyes, Louis van Gaal and Jose Mourinho all failing to bring back the good times to Old Trafford.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is the latest man in the Theatre of Dreams dugout and he too has struggled to make much of an impact.

United sit seventh in the Premier League table and it looks set to be a tough task to return to the Champions League next season.

Many pundits have questioned whether those above the Norwegian tactician are in touch with the modern game and have blamed Woodward for the club’s slump.

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However, the 48-year-old, addressing the New York Stock Exchange, had made it clear that he and the board are not clouded in their hopes and expectations for the Red Devils.

“We have a clear vision in terms of football philosophy and recruitment,” he said. “The significant investments that we have made in recent years in areas such as transfers, recruitment infrastructure, analytics and academy are already beginning to bear fruit.

“We are very proud to be approaching our 4,000th game featuring an academy player.”

Two wins from three saw United move up the table ahead of the international break and punters looking to use a free bet might fancy them to beat Sheffield United when they return to domestic action on November 24 at Bramall Lane.

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