Manchester United vice-chairman Ed Woodward could ‘delay his departure’ to oversee appointment of an interim manager before playing a part in their search for a long-term replacement to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
- Ed Woodward was expected to leave Manchester United at the end of the year
- United are on the search for a new manager after sacking Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
- Woodward could stay on at the club longer to help find a new permanent boss
Manchester United vice-chairman Ed Woodward could delay his departure from the club to oversee their search for a new manager.
Woodward announced in April he was going to leave his role at the end of 2021, following the collapse of the failed European Super League project.
United though are now on the hunt for a new manager after parting ways with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer on Sunday.
Ed Woodward was set to leave at the end of 2021 but could prolong his stay at Old Trafford
Sky Sports have now reported that the ‘instability’ within United’s football department means Woodward is ‘likely to still have a key role for many months to come’.
After sacking Solskjaer, the club announced in a statement that Michael Carrick would take charge for the next few games.
An interim manager would then be appointed until the end of the season, before a permanent replacement would come in during the summer.
Woodward announced he would leave following the collapse of the failed European Super League
United are on the hunt for a new manager after sacking Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at the weekend
Woodward is set to be involved in the search for both the interim position, then the full-time manager’s role going forwards.
The 49-year-old first joined United in 2005 and has held his current role since 2012.
In the club’s official statement on his departure earlier this year, Woodward said: ‘The club is well positioned for the future and it will be difficult to walk away at the end of the year.’
He added: ‘We have invested more than £1bn in the squad during my time here and I am particularly delighted with the progress the players have made under the astute leadership of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and his coaching team in the last two years.
‘I am sure that with the changes we have made on-field and to the coaching and football staff in recent years this great club will soon be lifting silverware again. It deserves to.’
Mauricio Pochettino is one of the favourite candidates to take on the role permanently
Michael Carrick will take charge for the next few games before an interim boss is put in place
Despite a second-place finish last season and heavy recruitment in the summer, United seem to have taken a step backwards from the last campaign.
They currently sit eighth in the league table having lost five of their last seven games.
This poor form led to the departure of Solskjaer after three trophyless years at Old Trafford.
Whoever comes in to the role as interim manager is expected to work with the existing coaching and support staff.
Bigger changes could take place in the summer where a full-time manager is appointed.
Zinedine Zidane is also among the candidates to take on the vacancy at Old Trafford
Sportsmail revealed that Mauricio Pochettino would be prepared to quit Paris Saint-Germain and take on the role at United.
The former Tottenham boss is living in a hotel while his family remain in London, and is said to be frustrated at managing a dressing-room with big egos like Lionel Messi, Neymar and Kylian Mbappe.
Pochettino was heavily linked with the United job when Solskjaer replaced Jose Mourinho in December 2018 and is still admired by the Old Trafford hierarchy.
The likes of Zinedine Zidane, Brendan Rodgers and Erik ten Hag have also been linked with the permanent role at Old Trafford.