Ed Woodward faces questions over Louis Van Gaal future
Ed Woodward is likely to be quizzed about Louis van Gaal's position as Manchester United manager and the financial impact of potentially missing out on Champions League qualification for the second time in three seasons when he addresses investors next week.
The United executive vice chairman will hold a conference call a week tomorrow to discuss the release of the club's second quarter accounts for this season.
United's impressive 3 0 win over Stoke City at Old Trafford last night alleviated some pressure on Van Gaal and offered hope among supporters of an uplift in the team's playing style ahead of a testing visit to Stamford Bridge to play Chelsea on Sunday.
Yet United remain five points adrift of Arsenal, who are fourth in the Barclays Premier League, ten points behind Leicester City, the leaders, and face a serious battle to qualify for next season's cheap nhl jerseys Champions League.
Woodward has resisted mounting calls from supporters for a managerial change cheap jordan shoes amid his determination to give Van Gaal every opportunity to turn United's season around.
With five wins and a draw from seven matches since the turn of the year, Woodward believes there are signs of improvement and hopes momentum will grow over the course of a critical next month.
After Chelsea, United face three more away games, with a trip to Sunderland in the league followed by the first leg of their Europa League Round of 32 tie against FC Midtjylland in Denmark and a FA Cup fifth round tie at Shrewsbury Town. United then welcome Midtjylland to Old Trafford before a crucial league game at home to Arsenal.
Failure to qualify for last season's Champions League after David Moyes's dismal ten month tenure in 2013 14 cost United almost 38 million in lost revenue and missing out again this term would have a similar financial impact.
Jesse Lingard's early goal against Stoke the first goal United had scored in the first half of a game at Old Trafford since September 30 settled nerves and averted any threat of a repeat of the hostile atmosphere in their previous league game, a 1 0 defeat against Southampton.
Lingard believes the players have been afforded greater freedom by Van Gaal and are reaping the benefits of playing in a more relaxed set up. "Now we are playing with that freedom and we've got a lot of energy in the team and to be mixing up the positions and entertain the crowd we'll have to do that," the winger said. "But it's that freedom that we have, it's a weight off our shoulders and we can just play football now."
Of scoring early, Lingard added: "It's massive, it gets the weight off players' shoulders, the manager's shoulders and the fans, it settles our nerves and means we can concentrate on getting three points.
"It has been difficult but most of us have shown great character to get through the tough stages and as long as we've got the fans behind us we'll come through the storm.
"It's hard [when the fans turn] but we have to concentrate on the game. We can't let the fans influence how we play. We are on the pitch. With the results, it's not the manager's fault. We've been cheap mlb jerseys on the pitch playing. You've seen ray-ban sunglasses outlet [against Stoke] that we can get results we need if we put our mind to it.".
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