Manchester United’s summer recruitment plans are stalling as the club’s board continue to make a mess of their transfer negotiations.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s hopes of completing his rebuild by the time pre-season commences on July 1 seem to be diminishing, with Swansea City’s Daniel James the club’s only signing so far as the club continue to frustrate rival clubs with ridiculous low-ball offers.
Already far from the most popular figure at Old Trafford, Ed Woodward seems to be making a c*ck-up of the club’s plans, with the Standard reporting that the United chiefs haggling is losing the club ‘valuable time’.
Manchester United are keen to secure a deal for Crystal Palace full-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka, having seen two bids rejected, whilst Solskjaer is also keen to add options in midfield and at centre-back as he bids to strengthen his squad following their dismal end to the season.
Manchester United fans have long been angered by the club’s hierarchy, with social media campaigns urging the club’s owners, the Glazer family, to leave Old Trafford.
Woodward himself has rightly been subject to fierce criticism, the former accountant and investment banker bumbling his way through football matters whilst focusing primarily on the club’s finances.
Former United boss Louis Van Gaal said Woodward had ‘zero understanding of football’, whilst a banner reading ‘Ed Woodward A Specialist In Failure’ was flown over Turf Moor before a meeting with Burnley last season.
United had planned to appoint an inaugural technical director to oversee football matters, though these plans seem to have stalled. The club’s fans will hope football matters will soon be decided by someone more competent than their current CEO, who maybe took haggling lessons from this famous scene in ‘The Life of Brian’…