Manchester United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward could delay his departure from the club to oversee the appointment of an interim and then long-term replacement for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
In April, following the collapse of the club’s attempt to join the breakaway European Super League, United announced that Woodward would retire at the end of this year.
Woodward admitted at the time that “it would be difficult to walk away” and there has been no further comment on his future since.
However, he has remained at the centre of United’s decision-making process, and was instrumental in the decision to sack Solksjaer.
The instability within United’s football department means Woodward is likely to still have a key role for many months to come.
The 49-year-old joined United in 2005 and has been in his current role since 2012.
Sky Sports News has been told Woodward gathered all the football staff together on Sunday morning to tell them that, in the wake of Solksjaer’s departure, all of their jobs were safe.
Whoever comes in to the role of interim manager, they will be expected to work with the existing coaching and support staff.
As things stand, it will only be in the summer, when there is a more rigorous overhaul of Manchester United’s football operation, when the new long-term manager will be confirmed.
Pochettino interested in Man Utd job
Mauricio Pochettino is interested in replacing Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as Manchester United manager.
Paris Saint-Germain head coach Pochettino is Manchester United’s first choice to take over permanently from Solskjaer, who was sacked on Sunday, and Sky Sports News has been told the former Tottenham boss would be interested in the managerial position at Old Trafford.
However, Pochettino’s immediate focus is on PSG’s next match against Manchester City in the Champions League on Wednesday.
Pochettino, who took over at PSG on an initial 18-month deal in January, is contracted to the Ligue 1 club until the summer of 2023 after the option of an extra year was activated.
Ole: It’s time to step aside
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says he is “honoured and privileged” to have managed Manchester United but accepts he paid the price for not being able to “take the next step”.
Solskjaer was sacked as United manager after an “embarrassing” 4-1 defeat at Watford in the Premier League on Saturday, with Paris Saint-Germain boss Mauricio Pochettino the club’s first choice to take over next summer.
United have confirmed Solskjaer’s assistant Michael Carrick will be placed in temporary charge, with the club also revealing their intention to appoint an interim manager until the end of the season.
Speaking for the first time since his dismissal, Solskjaer told United’s website: “First of all, I want to thank the board and the owners for giving me the opportunity because it’s not for everyone and I’ve had the opportunity.
“I’m so honoured and privileged to have been trusted to take the club forward, and I really hope that I leave it in a better state than when I came.”
Ronaldo pays tribute to Ole
Cristiano Ronaldo has paid tribute to “outstanding human being” Ole Gunnar Solskjaer after his sacking as Manchester United manager.
Solskjaer brought Ronaldo back to Old Trafford in the summer, with the Portugal forward scoring nine times in 13 games this season.
He’s been my striker when I first came to Old Trafford and he’s been my coach since I came back to Man. United. But most of all, Ole is an outstanding human being. I wish him the best in whatever his life has reserved for him.
Good luck, my friend!
You deserve it! pic.twitter.com/pdm7RXr2RX
— Cristiano Ronaldo (@Cristiano) November 22, 2021
Ronaldo said on Twitter: “He’s been my striker when I first came to Old Trafford and he’s been my coach since I came back to Man United. But most of all, Ole is an outstanding human being.
“I wish him the best in whatever his life has reserved for him. Good luck, my friend! You deserve it!”