Manchester United football director John Murtough has publicly backed the under-fire Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
The Norwegian has yet to win a trophy during his time in charge at Old Trafford, but Murtough insists he retains the full backing of the United hierarchy.
"[We] need to keep control, don’t get carried away, don’t deviate from our plan,” Murtough told a fans’ forum.
“Ole and the staff are very focused on that. We have a long-term strategy and confidence in the direction that we’re going. We believe that we’ve got the talent and the character within the squad to succeed.
"The Premier League is one of the most competitive leagues in the world – players from abroad and other [domestic] leagues tell us how [challenging] it is – but we are 100% up for that.
“[We] don’t get distracted by what’s said on social media, which can sometimes create fervour and hysteria. It’s part of the modern game, but we stay focused."
Murtough also discussed United's work in the transfer market and explained that he is continuing to plan for the future.
“We're aiming for consistency and continuity in recruitment. We have a full process in place, making sure we’re planned in what we do.
“Squad development is never-ending and constantly evolving. We're sitting down with Ole and we're talking about future plans in terms of where the squad will go and how we think it will develop.
“We want to balance squads with the right profile in terms of positions and in terms of age.
"The current squad has good balance with young, exciting players coming through, and those in the middle in the prime of their careers.
"And then you've the more experienced group – we can learn a lot from them, and they’re already having an impact on some of the younger players.
“We want a squad that can challenge today but also in the future as well.”
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