United currently trail bitter rivals Manchester City by 14 points in the title race, but are still 12 points better off than they were at this stage last season and on course to finish second.

Woodward is willing to back Solskjaer in the summer transfer window, with the likes of Erling Haaland, Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane on the club's wish list.

In return, Solskjaer will be expected to launch a genuine challenge for the Premier League title next season, as well as make significant progress in the Champions League.