Man Utd chief Ed Woodward confirms 'review' into club vision for the future


Manchester United have failed to put together a run of good form since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was handed the job on a permanent basis, but Ed Woodward has big plans for the club off the pitch.

United sit ninth in the Premier League table after 13 games this season having failed to win nine of their fixtures so far.

Fans have begun to grow impatient with the former Molde and Cardiff boss, but the club are determined to let the Norwegian time to make a telling impact on results.

As well as results, Woodward is keen to see the facilities improve over the next few seasons, including a revamp of Old Trafford.

He told the United We Stand fanzine: “We’re doing a big review in terms of where we are and what we need to do.

“We’re also looking at the [Carrington] training ground, The Cliff, Old Trafford and Littleton Road.

“Our objectives for the stadium are for it to be safe, full and noisy.

“Adding more seats can influence the third one, but has to be done in the right way.

“There are no plans currently to increase capacity, but I’m not saying it can’t happen long-term. If you totally change it then you can change the feel of it.

“We’re looking at an investment plan while maintaining what makes Old Trafford special. Part of the allure of United or Old Trafford is the fact that it’s a stadium that was built in 1910.

“Our vision for it is that we don’t want to radically change that look and feel.

“If you have Old Trafford and you regenerate, rejuvenate and keep it modern but keep it feeling like it’s Old Trafford, then that’s the perfect solution for us.”

United take on Astana in Kazakhstan on Thursday before welcoming Aston Villa and Tottenham over the space of four days from next Sunday, but Solskjaer is focused on the task at hand while confirming that Axel Tuanzebe will start.

He said: “He’s [Axel] going to start.

“It’s great for us because I have a big squad and we had pre-season, which went really well.

“Everyone was fighting for places. Then the closer we got to the league, we had to make a decision about the starting XI.”


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