Man Utd supremo Ed Woodward ‘could delay departure’ after Ole Gunnar Solskjaer sacking

Manchester United sack Ole Gunnar after Watford defeat

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Manchester United chief Ed Woodward could delay his departure from Old Trafford in the wake of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s sacking, reports claim. The 49-year-old was forced into relieving the Norwegian of his duties on Sunday after the Red Devils were battered by Watford.

Manchester United sacked Solskjaer on Sunday after his side lost 4-1 to Watford.

The Red Devils were outplayed at Vicarage Road, slumping to a seventh defeat from their last 13 outings in the process.

Now, United are poised to begin yet another managerial hunt.

Solskjaer has become the fourth boss to lose his job at Old Trafford since Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement, joining the likes of David Moyes, Louis van Gaal and Jose Mourinho out the door.

And, now, Sky Sports are saying Woodward could delay his exit in order to help out the Norwegian’s successor.

Woodward announced he’d be leaving the club back in April after the European Super League debacle, having received a huge backlash from fans.

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But he’s still said to be ‘instrumental’ to the decision-making at the club, still.

And Woodward may now have a ‘key role’ for many months to come.

The United supremo first joined the club in 2005 when he helped the Glazers rise to power.

And he’s been operating as executive vice-chairman ever since David Gill left in the summer of 2013.

Regarding Solskjaer’s successor, Mauricio Pochettino appears to be the club’s No 1 target.

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Pochettino is currently working in France with Paris Saint-Germain, having replaced Thomas Tuchel at the start of the year.

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But reports have suggested he’d love to take over at United.

And, what’s more, Pochettino is supposedly unhappy at the amount of egos within the PSG dressing room.

The Argentine feels the Ligue 1 giants take a lax view when it comes to their players partying, with Neymar and Kylian Mbappe often going out on the town.

And if United make an approach, there’s every chance Pochettino will head to Old Trafford.

There are, however, alternatives.

Brendan Rodgers is one, even if the Northern Irishman has made it clear he’s happy in his current role at Leicester.

And Erik ten Hag is another although he, like Rodgers, is content with life at Ajax.

Regarding Woodward, meanwhile, Rio Ferdinand has slammed the United supremo in the wake of Solskjaer’s exit.

“The international break was the perfect time to do it [sack Solskjaer],” he said on his Five YouTube channel.

“I don’t know why they were dilly-dallying and waiting.

“That’s the big thing for me, that’s shocking management of the club. It’s all rush, rush, rush now.

“What frustrates me is, wow, there’s not a candidate out there who’s out of a job. It smacks of unorganised chaos really.”

He added: “If you look at the mangers he’s brought in, have any been successful? No.

“Has recruitment of players worked out? No. All of that falls into his lap, he’s got to take responsibility for that.”

Ferdinand also called on Harry Maguire to be dropped from the side.

“Sometimes you need to be taken out the firing line. He’s had a long summer, a successful summer with England to a certain degree,” he added.

“He’s played a lot of football, comes back to United and physically and mentally it looks like there’s a hangover there.

“He won’t take himself out of it, I wouldn’t either, I’d try and play myself through it, but at the moment his performances haven’t been up to the level required, for him, for Man United. The bar he set himself wouldn’t be there.”

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