Ed Woodward’s reign as Man United’s govt vice-chairman is coming to an finish and it seems one final massive decision could be made.
Ed Woodward has 47 days left in his place as Manchester United’s govt vice-chairman.
It was launched in April that Woodward would go away United on the end of the calendar yr – his exit was launched forward amid the backlash from the collapsed European Super League proposal – and that means that his 16-year occupation on the club is about to complete.
Whereas there was noise that Woodward would possibly keep linked to United in an advisory functionality throughout the new yr, he’ll now not be the commander in chief at United. He’ll now not be the face of the Glazers’ regime. He’ll now not antagonize fans with choices.
Woodward will go away after the festive interval and that’s the only Christmas present that some supporters would possibly get hold of, nonetheless, sooner than that reward is delivered and unwrapped, Woodward has one final vital decision to make sooner than he heads for the exit.
Although Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has come beneath unprecedented pressure in present weeks, the Norwegian has survived to remain on the helm and there’s a feeling coming from all through the club – exacerbated by the dearth of potential replacements – that there is a reluctance to half methods with Solskjaer no matter his aspect criminally underperforming after a powerful summer season transfer window.
There is a recognition that outcomes have not been sufficient, nonetheless, Solskjaer survived the Liverpool debacle and positive figures in vitality at United contemplate that he can flip the club’s fortunes round whatever the Reds’ performances suggesting in some other case.
It moreover seems extraordinarily unlikely that Woodward will allow his final act as govt vice-chairman to be the sacking of Solskjaer.
Woodward has provided unwavering assist to Solskjaer all through his tenure and so the United boss doubtlessly leaving the club in a weak place throughout the Premier League desk would as quite a bit because the manager vice-chairman’s duty as a result of the manager’s.
There could also be one different increasingly pressing concern at United that Woodward knows could be less complicated for him to manoeuvre and deal with, though, and that’s the means ahead for Paul Pogba, who has merely seven months remaining on his current United contract.
Pogba is free to barter pre-contract phrases with clubs outdoors of the Premier League in January and, no matter Old Trafford chiefs being keen on the player signing an extension, little progress has been made in talks with the player’s agent Mino Raiola.
The Frenchman could signal a contract to maneuver away from United without spending a dime in simply over a month and that downside should be solved.
Pogba has not been the player that United thought they’d been bringing ‘dwelling’ to Manchester 5 years up to now. The 28-year-old has failed to supply fixed shows and his flashes of brilliance in a United shirt have been merely that. After making a powerful starting to the model new season, his performances have progressively worsened and he would not be a loss to this United aspect on the present type.
When contemplating that, it seems an amicable divorce between Pogba and United throughout the January transfer window is perhaps smart.