It’s safe to say Ed Woodward isn’t the most popular of figures in Manchester.
The 48-year-old has been the target of much criticism in his time as executive vice-chairman of Manchester United, with fan protests like the one at Tranmere in the FA Cup, nothing out of the ordinary.
Speaking at a meeting held on deadline day on the January transfer window, Woodward outlined the club’s transfer approach. He said (as quoted by Sky Sports): “Our recruitment process focuses on analysis and selection of players over the course of a season, with a view to the following summer transfer window. As part of the rebuild we see this coming summer as an important opportunity.”
After hearing Woodward’s comments, United fans took to Twitter to voice their thoughts on the matter, with some insisting that they have heard this kind of talk previously.
Same script every season #woodwardout
— Aro (@AroJohnson3) February 10, 2020
— Kweku🔰🤸 (@princemorpheus_) February 10, 2020
Not again 🙄
— Donal Power (@DonalPower5) February 10, 2020
Sounds exactly like what was said 12 months ago, repeat
— Phil Eames (@PhilEames3) February 10, 2020
Clown said that last time and struggled to do anything. Clown is all talk
— Sir Grant (@sirgrantmorris) February 10, 2020
A couple of fans suggested that Woodward has put his neck on the line by admitting this summer is an “important opportunity”.
He’s laid the gauntlet out for himself here
— Jamie Rowlandson (@JRowlandson) February 10, 2020
So basically he’s confirming himself he’s gonna do business this summer window. Bookmarked, & now we wait
— Lew (@UtdLew) February 10, 2020
One fan meanwhile simply took aim at Woodward’s ‘lies’, and claimed he is “trying to con us again”.
Pinocchio Woodward trying to con us again.
— Mo Jo (@mojodurbs) February 10, 2020
Make no mistake about it, Woodward has effectively backed himself into a corner with his latest comments.
By admitting that the “coming summer” is an “important opportunity”, he has already put his name on the line when it comes to what United go on to do in the transfer market.
A window similar to the one last year will not be tolerated, where the Red Devils failed to sign a replacement for Romelu Lukaku and went into the season proper with just Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford and Mason Greenwood as their front-line options.