‘Success on the pitch is our top priority’

MANCHESTER UNITED turned up the heat on boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer – with a reminder that on-field success is still the No 1 priority.

The club’s wage bill has rocketed by almost 25 per cent to a huge £354MILLION a year.

Ed Woodward cranked up the heat on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer after demanding success on the pitch

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Ed Woodward cranked up the heat on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer after demanding success on the pitchCredit: EPA
Woodward wants to see some bang for his buck after United's wage bill rose 25 per cent

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Woodward wants to see some bang for his buck after United’s wage bill rose 25 per centCredit: Getty

And United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward told under-fire manager Solskjaer it is time to give value for money.

Woodward declared: “Our top priority is success on the pitch.

“The manager,  players, everyone at the club are determined to achieve that objective.”

Solskjaer will be without injured Paul Pogba for Saturday’s crunch at Watford as the midfielder recovers from a thigh injury.

The summer arrivals of Cristiano Ronaldo, Raphael Varane and Jadon Sancho helped to push up United’s wage bill by 23.1 per cent.

Revenues for the three months to September 30 were up 16 per cent to £126.5m as supporters finally returned to Old Trafford.

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Those fans are getting increasingly grumpy though after seeing United lose six of their last 12 games.

Solskjaer returned to training at Carrington on Wednesday after a week off following the gutless 2-0 home defeat to Manchester City.

That followed a 5-0 Old Trafford humiliation at the hands of Liverpool.

United are sixth in the Premier League, nine points adrift of leaders Chelsea, who they visit next weekend.

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