Manchester United co-chairman Joel Glazer has promised to continue backing Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in the transfer market this summer.
Glazer spoke to supporters at a fans’ forum meeting on Friday and also promised “significant” investment in facilities at Old Trafford as well as the club’s training ground at Carrington.
The United co-chairman was making his first appearance on a fans’ forum in the 16 years his family has owned the club, having vowed to improve communication in the wake of the European Super League (ESL) proposals.
Glazer was quoted in the press release to launch the ESL, which was met with widespread condemnation in England and by furious protests from United fans.
During the discussions with fans he set out new proposals to improve dialogue with supporters, but he also discussed the club’s work in the transfer market and infrastructure improvements.
“The same goes for our training ground. Preliminary planning work is already underway and there will be significant funding available to further enhance our facilities and ensure they remain world-class.”
Glazer also discussed the club’s self-sustaining model at the meeting and laid out the importance of commercial success in funding transfers and wages.
“We want this club to always be successful and win trophies. To compete for trophies requires significant investment,” he said.
“The commercial growth at the club has helped deliver the revenue which ultimately underpins that investment in a sustainable manner.
“That approach has allowed us to have among the highest net transfer spend in world football over the last five years and have one of the highest wage bills. Also, as a direct result of our commercial business we have kept ticket prices affordable for all fans and not raised season ticket prices in over 10 years. This is an area that we as a club are very proud of.”
“As a club we have devoted a lot of time and resources over the last several years updating and further developing our vast global scouting network to adapt to the modern football environment. This is a project that should provide a foundation for long-term success in the years to come.
“In addition, as you all know, we have also been focused on growing and developing our women’s team in line with the traditions and values of the club, and we are committed to continuing that process.”