Manchester United announce record revenue but say 'focus is on winning trophies'

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"We and the fans demand success and that means winning trophies".

Manchester United has reported year-on-year increases in revenue and operating profit, but the English Premier League club has said it expects the former to fall for the first time in five years due to missing out on Uefa Champions League football.

Retail and merchandise income was UK£102.1 million (US$123.6 million), a decrease of £700,000 (US$875,000), or 0.7 per cent, over the prior year.

The club, which has suffered a more-than-seven-percent drop in its share price this year, also stands to lose ground to European rivals off the field. Recruitment recommendations and decisions are worked on on a day-to-day basis, by this department and the manager and his team. "We can continue to focal point on the long-term draw and obtained't be influenced by quick term distractions".

Alexis Sanchez and Romelu Lukaku left and there were no attacking replacements, other than Daniel James £15 million move from Swansea.

Mason Greenwood was absent from Sunday's league defeat at West Ham United with a bout of tonsillitis, and the teenager, will be hoping to be back in the squad against Rochdale.

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"We were able to approach the window in a focused and disciplined way", Woodward said. "We're optimistic for the future". "The sale and loaning of players this summer has also allowed the manager to involve more of our young players and provide a firm foundation and culture ready for building the next trophy-winning squad".

As the United chief announced record annual revenues of £621.7million today, he insisted the club are on the right track.

The team endured a turbulent season in 2018-19 that prompted the departure of manager Jose Mourinho.

Wages were £332.3m, up £36.3m over the prior year, because of "investment in the first team playing squad".

United welcome League One side Rochdale to Old Trafford on Wednesday night in the third round of the Carabao Cup, and Solskjaer has suggested Pogba may get some game time in midweek.

New contracts for Phil Jones, Victor Lindelof, Scott McTominay, David de Gea, Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial and Luke Shaw have also contributed to a £36.3m increase in employee benefit expenses compared to previous year.

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