Manchester United’s executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward, who received much criticism from fans for the club’s extremely poor showing in the summer transfer window, has come out and expressed his own disappointment at the club’s dealings.
The Premier League champions were snubbed in their efforts to sign a whole host of players including Cesc Fabregas, Thiago Alcantara, Leighton Baines and Ander Herrera. Belgian Marouane Fellaini was the sole summer acquisition from Everton for £27.5 million, £4 million more than what he could have been obtained for if the deal had been done before September 1.
Woodward speaking to United WE Stand, the club’s fanzine said: “We as a club should be aspiring to have the best players playing for us. We’ve had that in the past. We’re in for players if the manager wants to be.”
“It was disappointing that we didn’t sign more players, but I always knew it was going to be a tough window.”
Woodward said that he wished new manager David Moyes had made more signings, but revealed that he was fully behind him and prepared to back him in helping him build a new team of his own.
“We had a manager leaving and a manager arriving on July 1. As a club we didn’t want to impose a plan on the new manager that had come from the old manager”
“We have a manager who we want to give our full support to make his decision about the players and the decisions about the academy. He has the same power that Alex did.”, said Woodward.
“The early view was that we needed a central midfielder and left-back. There wasn’t a long list of people he wanted to go after.”
“We didn’t need to make disposals, to sell any players until the manager was absolutely clear in what he wanted to do.”
“So we kept the players and added [Marouane] Fellaini, the first central midfielder we’ve bought in six years.”