Man Utd relationship between Ed Woodward and the Glazers could be set to change

Manchester United’s owners the Glazers might be unhappy at Ed Woodward for failing to get enough players off the books this transfer window, reports say. The Red Devils have endured a difficult summer, failing to land the likes of Jadon Sancho, Gareth Bale and Sergio Reguilon so far. And they’ve found it problematic shifting the deadwood in the squad.

Manchester United have 48 hours to make signings and sell players, with time on the transfer clock starting to trickle down.

Supporters expected an exciting summer after Ole Gunnar Solskjaer steered his side to third in the Premier League table last term but, ahead of Monday’s deadline, Donny van de Beek has been their sole arrival.

United have spent the whole summer chasing Sancho but he remains a Borussia Dortmund player, with the Bundesliga giants insisting he won’t be on the move.

They’ve missed out on Bale and Reguilon to Tottenham and other targets like Ousmane Dembele, Ivan Perisic and Douglas Costa will be difficult to sign with such little time left.

What has also infuriated fans is the club’s inability to offload players.

Alexis Sanchez has joined Inter Milan, and Andreas Pereira has been loaned to Lazio, but the club are still stuck with the likes of Chris Smalling, Marcos Rojo and Sergio Romero.

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The Manchester Evening News say the Glazers are happy with the work Woodward does at Old Trafford because he makes them money behind the scenes.

But they say the owners might be irked by United’s failure to shift more deadwood, with buyers for Smalling, Rojo and Romero in short supply.

That could now trigger a change in their relationship.

The Glazers have tolerated Woodward’s failings on transfers but United leaving it this late in the day to get rid of players has done more harm than good.

And whether Woodward can now ride out the storm remains to be seen, with United fans growing increasingly angry at social media for the way the club are being run.

United legend Patrice Evra recently attacked the club for the way they operate and claimed that Woodward spent too much time listening to lawyers, rather than football experts.

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“The club needs to stop being so arrogant,” Evra said. “There are certain people at the club right now that don’t even respect Sir Alex Ferguson.

“Before us, Bobby Charlton, George Best, they make the history of the club and we try to respect it – the Treble season of ’99 and us in ’08.

“But some people want to blow this legacy away. For what? Business? I think some people who work for this club are damaging this club. That’s why we have to tell the truth to the fans.”

He added: “The only problem I would say to [United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward] is trusting people he should never trust.

“He even trusts people outside the club that he shouldn’t.

“When we want a player and they cost say £20 million, we end up trying to buy him for £100m. Now those players don’t even want our money any more.”

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United legend Rio Ferdinand has also slammed the club’s transfer business, saying: “The most frustrating thing for Man Utd fans, is that we’ve all been very aware of who the targets were at the beginning of the window.

“That’s the frustrating element.

“You look at it, is Covid playing a part in the financials? There’s purse strings having to be pulled a little bit.

“We saw left-back and right-wing are the areas they are looking for but then all of a sudden the season starts, the players haven’t been brought in.

“All of a sudden a defeat to Palace at home absolutely ignites the negativity that surrounds the place and makes it a situation it never was.

“We rewind two months previous, everyone was saying, ‘Well done, Ole’. Got them into Champions League position, the club’s on this upward trajectory now and two months – because there’s not been the signings and a first defeat of the season at home – really changes the picture massively for the club.”

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