MANCHESTER UNITED chief Ed Woodward arrived at training this morning to hold showdown talks with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer – with their Champions League hopes in tatters.
The executive vice-chairman, making a rare appearance at the Aon training complex, will speak with the Norwegian boss to address the alarming slump in form following Sunday’s 1-1 draw with Chelsea.
United have now lost seven of their last ten matches, with just two wins in that run.
Solskjaer took over from Jose Mourinho, following his sacking in December, on an interim basis.
The ex-Molde and Cardiff boss was then offered a three-year deal to take over full-time last month.
However, in that time United’s form has gone from bad to worse, being dumped out of the Champions League by Barcelona while slipping out of the Prem top four.
TOP FOUR WOES
United now sit sixth in the Premier League – incredibly still only three points behind fourth-placed Chelsea.
The only reason Man Utd are still in contention for a top-four spot is thanks to the appalling form of Tottenham, Chelsea and Arsenal in recent weeks too.
Woodward for one knows that is not acceptable at Old Trafford and drove in to Carrington at 9.50am for a sit-down with the gaffer – who himself arrived much earlier, at 7.10am.
This is the second time in the space of a week Woodward has felt the need to hold crunch talks with Solskjaer.
Last week, Woodward reportedly questioned Solskjaer and Mike Phelan over the fact that his team for the Manchester derby was leaked hours before kick-off.
On top of that, United’s players were understood to be “baffled” that Solskjaer had decided to hold training at The Cliff last Wednesday, rather than at Carrington.
It was thought to be a way of trying to motivate the players but the majority were unimpressed.
Solskjaer’s credibility has been hit further with Paul Pogba – wanted by Real Madrid this summer – reportedly believing the Norwegian doesn’t have what it takes.