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Ed Woodward to step down as Manchester United’s Vice Chairman

Ed Woodward is set to step down as Manchester United’s Chief Executive at the end of 2021 following the controversy surrounding the European Super League proposal.

It was reportedly due to be announced at the end of this current campaign following eight years in his role, but it is understood that the 49-year-old played a significant role in the build up to the widely unpopular Super League announcement this past Sunday, so confirmation of his resignation was subsequently brought forward.  Plans for this league proposed by United and 11 other ‘leading European clubs’ have now been called off. 

Woodward’s association with the Red Devils began in 2005 when he helped the Malcolm Glazer buy the club as an adviser. He then took charge of United’s commercial and media activities in 2007 before being named executive vice-chairman in 2013, replacing David Gill. 

The vice-chairman has come under increased scrutiny in recent years over the perceived failings of United in the transfer market. 

During his tenure managers David Moyes, Louis Van Gaal and Jose Mourinho had all reportedly had issues with Woodward following his failed pursuits of the likes of Cesc Fabregas, Leighton Baines and Gareth Bale. Van Gaal even went as far as describing him as ‘an evil genius’. To address this the club has recently undergone a restructure by appointing John Murtough as football director and Darren Fletcher as technical director.   

In addition, the Glazer family’s ownership has always been a contentious among United’s fan base. Speaking on Sky’s Monday Night Football regarding his old club’s current owners and inclusion in the European Super League, Gary Neville said: 

“They have stepped over the mark. They are scavengers and need booting out of this football club and booting out of this country. We have got to come together. It might be too late, there’ll be people at Manchester United, fans 15 years ago who will say it’s too late. It’s never too late, we have got to stop this. It is absolutely critical we do.”

It is already rumoured that Richard Arnold could perhaps replace the outgoing Woodward ahead of the 2021/22 season, amongst United’s fans on Twitter, however, Gill’s name has already been trending far and wide in the hope that he can bring back the glory days to Old Trafford again.

Five shocking Manchester United transfers

One of the best clubs in Europe and a traditional top-six club in England, Manchester United have been a poor side in their performances since the departure of legendary manager, Sir Alex Ferguson.

Most of the poor performances can be attributed for the flawed transfer policies of Manchester United under both Sir Alex Ferguson and his successors. Here are the top five shocking transfers that went on to raise the eyebrows of Old Trafford fans.

Morgan Schneiderlin

Under Louis van Gaal, Manchester United were looking to sign some fresh talent and rebuild the club.  Legends such as Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes had just retired or were on the verge of retirement. Subsequently, Manchester United signed Morgan Schneiderlin from Southampton for a reported fee of £25m. However, the French international failed to impress at Old Trafford and was shipped off to Everton in 2017 by Jose Mourinho for a fee of €23 million following his inconsistent performances at Stretford End.

Radamel Falcao

The Columbian international was one of those European league players who came with a high reputation to England. However, within the days of his arrival, “El Tigre” proved that he is not up to Premier League standard.

Ed Woodward signed Radamel Falcao on a loan deal following his impressive performances at Atletico Madrid, Porto and Monaco. Manchester United had signed the player on a season-long deal worth £6 million on the deadline day.

During his stay at Old Trafford, Falcao was able to score four goals and notch up five assists in 29 appearances across all the competitions.

United however chose not to make the loan move permanent and The Columbian forward experienced another unsuccessful stint in the Premier League at Chelsea.

Diego Forlan

The Uruguayan’s spell at Old Trafford was rather disappointing and proved to be one of the disastrous decision by the legendary manager, Sir Alex Ferguson.

 

Manchester United acquired the services of Forlan for a reported fee of €11 million from the Argentinian club, Independiente. However, the striker failed to live up to the hype with just 17 goals to his name across all the competitions. Forlan  did manage 98 appearances for the club under Ferguson as the manager looked to avoid the backlash from supporters after splashing out a huge amount in the transfer market.

Following on from his spell at Old Trafford, Forlan enjoyed rather more success at clubs such as Villarreal and Atletico Madrid, proving that a move away from the Premier League was the best decision for his career. 

Alexis Sanchez

If Manchester United fans were allowed to undo one signing ever, that would be Alexis Sanchez without a doubt. Jose Mourinho signed Alexis Sanchez from Arsenal in a cash+player deal. Henrikh Mkhitaryan moved to Emirates and Alexis Sanchez to Old Trafford.

Coming with a huge reputation, Alexis Sanchez failed to be that star player whom the whole world admired in his Barcelona and Udinese days. In his 45 appearances for Manchester United, Sanchez managed just five goals and added nine assists to his name across all the competitions.

After Ole Gunnar Solskjaer took the reigns at Old Trafford on a permanent basis, Sanchez was loaned to Inter Milan with the Norwegian international looking to transform the club. In one of the recent transfer rumors, Alexis Sanchez is rumoured to be part of deal for wonderkid Jadon Sancho from Borussia Dortmund.

 

Bebe

Ferguson has pulled the strings perfectly when it comes to transfers.  However, there is one instance where the successful Scottish Manager’s gamble on a player failed to come off.

Bebe, the Portuguese youngster was signed by Ferguson for a reported fee of €8.8 million in 2010 from the Portuguese club Vitoria de Guimaraes. The player was literally living on the streets of Lisbon before he got offered the chance to wear the esteemed jersey of Manchester United.

 

However, Manchester United realised their mistake early and allowed the winger to appear just seven times across all competitions for Manchester United. Moreover, Manchester United recovered some of their investment on the player by loaning him out to several clubs across Spain and Portugal.