It might be one of the most horrible starts of a season by any Manchester United side, however, reports suggest that Ed Woodward’s position at the club is safe under the Glazers. Woodward remains indispensable to the owners despite the fact that Manchester United have registered only 5 wins in possible 15 and credit heavily goes to the bad signings and management decisions made by the chief.
He spent a crazy amount of money to secure the services of Harry Maguire, a decision on hindsight looks an utter failure and other two signings haven’t been any stellar either. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer might have asked for these players but it was he who commissioned it and responsibility must fall on him as well.
While Manchester United chief executive was too generous while paying for Maguire, he didn’t shell out a penny to secure other critical targets identified by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. Whether securing these signings would have made a difference though is another question altogether. Fans don’t believe Woodward do enough in the transfer window nevertheless.
Now ESPN have come up with an inside story that despite Woodward’s low stock among fans, his position under the Glazers is ‘rock solid’.
A former United player is quoted as saying that Woodward isn’t respected within the club the same way as David Gill was. They said:
The players used to refer to David as ‘Mr Gill’
But Ed Woodward has never had that level of respect. He’s a nice guy, people like him, but David Gill just had a status around the club and United have missed that.
Another person said that Woodward doesn’t know what he doesn’t know. One source told ESPN:
Ed’s problem is that he doesn’t know what he doesn’t know.
He means well and wants United to be Premier League and European champions again, but he thinks he has the solution to everything.
He doesn’t, United don’t, and he needs to hire the right people in key positions.
He’s also too nice. One problem that both he and the Glazers share is that they lack a hard edge. That is not the case at City or Chelsea, or with Levy at Spurs.
Meanwhile, former United goalkeeper Mark Bosnich has expressed a belief that Woodward will struggle to sign elite players during the January transfer window. Bosnich told talkSPORT:
The bottom line is, I don’t think people realise how far Manchester United have dropped.
You can just click your fingers and expect it to go the other way.
It’s difficult to attract the best of the best players because there’s no guarantee that Manchester United will be playing Champions League football for the foreseeable future.
United are next in Premier League action against Manchester City on Saturday night. In another Manchester United news, Manchester United are reportedly interested in Dejan Kulusevski.