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Ed Woodward says Man United 'on the right track' to win silverware after Cristiano Ronaldo return

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Ed Woodward says Man United ‘are on the right track’ to win silverware after £135m summer splurge on Cristiano Ronaldo, Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane as Old Trafford chief hails progress made under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer


Ed Woodward believes Manchester United are on track to win silverware after a strong summer of recruitment at Old Trafford.

As the club announced their latest financial figures, executive vice-chairman Woodward said tangible progress was being made under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to enable United to challenge for honours at home and in Europe.

Woodward said the summer signings of Cristiano Ronaldo, Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane – for a combined outlay of £134million – were made possible by the club’s commercial strength which also helped ward off the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. 

Manchester United's executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward believes the club are 'on the right track' to win silverware under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

Manchester United’s executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward believes the club are ‘on the right track’ to win silverware under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

Cristiano Ronaldo's sensational return to Old Trafford has inspired belief they will win trophies

Cristiano Ronaldo’s sensational return to Old Trafford has inspired belief they will win trophies

The United chief said: ‘It has been an exciting start to the season at Old Trafford, with capacity crowds in attendance for the first time in almost 18 months. 

‘We were delighted to welcome back Cristiano Ronaldo to the club, along with Raphael Varane, Jadon Sancho and Tom Heaton, to further reinforce the progress that our first team has been making under Ole. 

‘This was made possible by the strength of our operating model, with sustained investment in the team underpinned by robust commercial revenues. 

‘Everyone associated with Manchester United can be proud of the resilience we have shown through the challenges created by the pandemic and we look forward to the rest of the season and beyond with great optimism.’

The figures, for the year until the end of June, revealed United’s net debt has fallen from £474.1m in 2019-20 to £419.5m in 2020-21. 

£73million winger Jadon Sancho was another big money arrival at Old Trafford in the summer

£73million winger Jadon Sancho was another big money arrival at Old Trafford in the summer

Defender Raphael Varane was signed from Real Madrid for around £35million this summer

Defender Raphael Varane was signed from Real Madrid for around £35million this summer

Speaking to investors on a conference call on Friday afternoon, Woodward added: ‘We have been clear in our strategy to build a squad with a blend of top-class recruits and homegrown talent, comprising a balance of youth and experience, with the aim of winning trophies and playing attacking football the Manchester United way. 

‘As part of this, we have continued to strengthen our recruitment and scouting processes, and we have also increased our investment in the Academy, to ensure that this success is sustainable. 

‘While squad-building is a constant process, we are more confident than ever that we are on the right track.’

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