ED WOODWARD insists Manchester United are determined to back Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in the transfer market this summer in a bid to challenge for the title again.
The club’s executive vice-chairman is under pressure after appointing his fourth manager in six years.
The Red Devils finished sixth this season – a massive 32 points behind neighbours and champions Manchester City.
But Woodward insists there is a huge commitment to reversing that and start aiming for the top again.
Woodward said: “Although everyone is disappointed with the 6th placed finish, we’ve already begun preparations for next season and there’s a real determination to make a fresh start and get back to competing at the top under Ole and his team.
“Everyone at the club – the board, the manager, the squad and all the staff – is determined to get Manchester United back to the top of English football.
“And we continually look to improve on and off the pitch to achieve this.
“The strength of our business means we have the financial resources to continue to provide a solid foundation for backing the manager and creating success on the pitch.
“This is the No.1 goal for everyone at the club – and our successful commercial/business operation is in service of that goal, not independent of it.”
While things go wrong on the pitch, off it they continue to make big money with their successful commercial operation.
Their third quarter figures have been released showing revenues were £152.1 million, which is up 3.4 per cent on last year, mostly as a result of increased broadcasting revenues.
The operating profit of £14.2 million was up 94 per cent partly due to the sale of Marouane Fellaini for £6.3million.
The figures will do little to quell fans’ anger, who just want results on the pitch.
United’s slump towards the end of the season saw them take just eight points from a possible 27.
Fans have grown frustrated with over paid under-performing “stars” like Alexis Sanchez.
The situation has been made worse by the success of champions City and second placed Liverpool, who are now contesting the Champions League final with Tottenham.