Ed Woodward confident Man Utd can dethrone Liverpool after ‘class recruitment’

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Ed Woodward is confident Manchester United can dethrone bitter rivals Liverpool as English champions this season.

United have charged to second in the Premier League table following a nine game unbeaten run – and can join Jurgen Klopp's men at the top with a win over Aston Villa on New Year’s Day.

The fallen giants have not won the title since Sir Alex Ferguson retired in 2013.

But executive vice-chairman Woodward believes Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is developing a winning culture in the squad and moulding a team capable of launching a genuine title challenge in the coming months.

Woodward said: "There is much to be excited about on the pitch as Ole and the team head into the new year competing strongly in the Premier League and with three cups still to pursue.

"The team's positive form has lifted all our spirits in recent weeks, winning seven and drawing two of our last nine domestic games.

"There are many positive statistics showing the progress made under Ole in the past year. But they tell only part of the story.

“Just as important is the work we see being done behind the scenes to build a winning culture consistent with the club's traditions of attacking football played by youthful, hard-working teams fusing homegrown talent with top-class recruits.

"We are getting closer to those objectives as the squad continues to develop following the arrivals of Bruno Fernandes, Donny van de Beek, Alex Telles and Edinson Cavani.

"Our ongoing investment reflects the tremendous resilience of the club and our commitment to supporting Ole, while remaining disciplined at an extremely challenging time.

"As always, our priority is to win trophies and, with the team going into the new year competing on four fronts, we are optimistic about the path ahead in 2021."

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