The upcoming departure of Ed Woodward from Manchester United was confirmed on Tuesday evening.
Having been at the club in some capacity since the arrival of the Glazer family at Old Trafford in 2005, he will leave the club having held the role as the Red Devils’ Executive Vice Chairman for the past nine years.
Whilst he will not officially be leaving the club until the end of 2021, the departure of Woodward is a huge moment for the club as they get rid of a figurehead who has continued to pour money down the drain since taking the reins.
Since 2013 and his first transfer window, Woodward has spent a huge £1.08 billion in the transfer market – some of those signings having little to no impact.
His debut arrival set the tone as the Red Devils failed to bring in any notable signings for new manager David Moyes before eventually splashing a considerable sum on Everton’s Marouane Fellaini.
This trend has continued even to this day with expensive arrivals such as Angel Di Maria, Morgan Schneiderlin, Memphis Depay and Henrikh Mkhitaryan all exiting Old Trafford as quickly as they’d arrived following a poor spell with the Red Devils.
Even summer signing Donny van de Beek appears to be going the same way with the Dutchman having started just two Premier League games.
Whilst Woodward cannot be blamed for all of those aforementioned failures, the sheer fortune that the Red Devils have been forced to pour down the drain has drastically hampered the club in recent seasons.
With him gone, this could certainly give Ole Gunnar Solskjaer far more freedom in the transfer market.
Of course, the 49-year-old has done some positive work with Manchester United, especially on a commercial basis – the club’s commercial income rising £35.6m in just three months during his tenure.
However, that commercialisation is exactly where Woodward has fallen. His resignation comes following the backlash directed at the club for the proposal of the European Super League, United eventually withdrawing their participation.
His departure from Manchester United then will surely be a relief for supporters and for the manager, who will hopefully get more of a voice when it comes to transfers.