Ed Woodward ‘to remain in charge of Manchester United’s transfers’ as sporting director appointment scrapped

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United’s executive vice-chairman has been widely criticised for his work in the transfer market over the past few years

Ed Woodward is to remain in charge of Manchester United’s transfer business with the club stalling on their decision to appoint a sporting director.

The Red Devils were expected to bring someone in to oversee United’s transfers, with the likes of Rio Ferdinand, Darren Fletcher and Patrice Evra all holding talks with the club over recent months.

There was also said to be interest in technical directors not affiliated with the Old Trafford club, with Monchi, Fabio Paratici and Paul Mitchell also linked with the role.

The much-maligned Woodward is to remain in charge of Man United’s transfer business


The much-maligned Woodward is to remain in charge of Man United’s transfer business

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However, the Daily Mail claim a sporting director will NOT be appointed this summer with United chiefs believing their existing system is working well enough.

This means Woodward, United’s executive vice-chairman, is pressing ahead with transfer negotiations himself as he remains in sole charge.

A summer deal has already been wrapped up for Daniel James, the Wales winger, with United paying Swansea £18million for the youngster’s services.

While this appears a wise and low risk move, Woodward has had more failures than successes during his time in charge of the Red Devils’ transfer business.

He has been criticised for signing under-performing players on high wages, such as Alexis Sanchez, and messing up the club’s wage structure which has led to David de Gea searching for an Old Trafford exit.


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Woodward is expected to try and sign Harry Maguire and Aaron Wan-Bissaka from Leicester and Crystal Palace respectively this summer, as manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer prepares for his first full season in charge of Man United.

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