Manchester United chief Ed Woodward has suggested he won’t be rushing to fix the flaws in the club’s squad, admitting their development is an ongoing process following the club’s poor start to the season.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer‘s side have slipped to ninth in the Premier League following Sunday’s disappointing home draw with Aston Villa, the club currently sitting eight points adrift of the top four and facing the prospect of another season without Champions League football.
Manchester United were amongst the highest spenders in the division during the summer, bringing in the likes of Daniel James and Aaron Wan-Bissaka in addition to making England international Harry Maguire the most expensive defender in football history.
There have been calls for United to splash the cash in the upcoming January transfer market, with the club seemingly in need of attacking and midfield reinforcements, though Woodward has described the club’s development as a ‘multi-year evolution’, citing the difficult nature in securing targets of the requisite quality.
“It’s a multi-year squad evolution analysis,” Woodward fanzine United We Stand.
“It’s hard enough to get three players done in a transfer window. To get six or seven done is extremely difficult if you are getting proper talent.
“If you choose to churn every player because they are not good enough and you’re not extending contracts, you are putting yourself at risk of execution.
“Sometimes you have to take a broader view.”
United are next in action in the Premier League once again when they face Tottenham at Old Trafford on Wednesday night. The clash will see the Red Devils come up against former manager Jose Mourinho for the first time since his sacking last December, the 56-year-old having guided Spurs to three consecutive victories since being named as Mauricio Pochettino’s successor last month.
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