Because Ed Woodward visited the Manchester United hotel before the Club Brugge meeting

Ed Woodward held a meeting with Manchester United players and staff before their demolition of the Club Bruges in the Europa League.

Executive Vice President Woodward arrived at the Lowry Hotel on Thursday afternoon before the United team, and MEN understand that the players and staff were called into a dining room before their pre-game meal.

The Lowry staff were asked to stay away from the meeting room for privacy reasons and a united source described the meeting as “convivial”. Woodward is believed to have left before the players and staff finished their lunch.

Woodward chaired United’s quarterly investor call earlier this week and said the club “is going in the right direction”. United are in the last 16 Europa League and FA Cup teams and currently fifth in the Premier League, which would guarantee Champions League qualification for next season unless Manchester City appeals against their two-season ban by UEFA is successful.

United beat Club Brugge 5-0 in the round of 16 in just one second five-goal heat at Old Trafford since Boxing Day in 2011, with signatures for January Bruno Fernandes and Odion Ighalo both on the scoresheet . United will travel to Everton in the league on Sunday and next week will be in Derby County in the fifth round of the FA Cup three days before the Old Trafford league derby.

“This is Man United as fans want to see it,” said manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer of the walk against Bruges. “There are a lot of moves, combinations, one or two touches, he comes across the box, attempts. We gave them two opportunities in the beginning, but I still think we have to be that kind of team.

“Now we’ve had I don’t know how many clean sheets, you’re in the last seven. It’s not bad. This is a base from which to build like the [Steve] Bruces e [Gary] Pallisters e [Peter] Schmeichels.

“We knew that when we made the decisions we made in the summer it would take time. As I said a few times, Rome was not built in a day. Culture, attitude, physical fitness, camaraderie, spirit as a team and perhaps even understanding between players has improved.

“We have lost that door opener that Bruno is proving to be now. One or two pieces were missing and we still know that we need one or two to be where we want to be, but it is work in progress.

“Kieran [McKenna] and Michael [Carrick] they are great on the coaching training ground and the kids are willing to learn. And now we have more and more fit players. “

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