The man charged with the day to day running of the biggest club in England has said the slow start at Manchester United at the moment is nothing to worry about. Ed Woodward, the executive vice-chairman of The Red Devils has backed manager, Jose Mourinho despite the club winning just five of their 11 league matches this season. Mourinho’s men are currently sixth on the log, some eight points behind Liverpool, the league leaders. In the Europa League, progression to the next round is also hanging by a thread, though they have progressed into the quarter finals of the EFL Cup.
Woodward oversaw the splurge of over £150m on new players in the summer, spending big on the likes of Pogba, Bailly, Mkhitaryan and Ibrahimovic, yet United’s current situation has led to some pressure on the Portuguese tactician, a situation in which Woodward isn’t a party to. Speaking at the club’s quarterly conference call, he said, “On the pitch, it is still early in the season” “We have 27 more Premier League games to play and have advanced to the quarter-finals of the EFL Cup.”. This backing by his boss will come as a welcome development for Mourinho, as he tries to turn United into genuine title contenders.
We face Arsenal on Saturday, with the players and manager desperate for a win to signal a statement of intent as they seek to go on a winning run, that will surely infuse confidence into a team currently low on it. Our manager is currently sweating on the fitness of up to six players of his first team, but will be confident going into the game, given his astounding record over Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger. Woodward will be desperate for Mourinho to be successful, as he is being reportedly paid a whopping £12m a year, which in the advent of him being sacked, would attract huge compensation.
A winning run heading into December may be crucial to our chances of being successful this season. The likes of Antonio Conte and Pep Guardiola don’t know how the Christmas schedule will affect their team, an advantage Mourinho has over his rivals.