Manchester United remain committed to giving Ole Gunnar Solskjaer time to revive the club’s fortunes, despite their worst start to a season for 30 years.
Ed Woodward, United’s executive vice chairman, has been strident in his belief that it will require time and patience to rebuild the squad and had no expectation of that being achieved in a single summer.
United’s dismal 1-0 defeat at Newcastle on Sunday saw Solskjaer’s side slump to 12th in the table, two points above the relegation zone, as the pressure increases.
Winless in five, United have failed to score in three of those matches and confidence has plummeted.
But United’s top brass were of the view that there would be struggles this season as they embark on a long-term rebuilding project and recognise it will take several windows to get the squad to the level they want and back in a position to compete for the biggest trophies.