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‘More efficient and productive’ – Ed Woodward hits back at Man Utd critics over recruitment policy

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Manchester United’s executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward has hit back at claims that United’s priorities have shifted from silverware to commercial success in recent years.

Woodward believes Manchester United’s transfer strategy, is even now more ‘efficient and productive’ than it has been, as he backed current manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to return the club to greatness.

The Manchester United hierarchy and Woodward have come under serious criticism, following struggles on the pitch. The club faithful, have labeled its owners as unconcerned and brute with matters at the club, so long as there is no shortage in revenue generated.

Like every other season since Alex Ferguson’s retirement, Manchester United are left gasping for breath. With red devils currently 12th on the log, with just two wins and already three defeats in the season.

With most blame labeled at Ed Woodward and claims, the executive vice-chairman has no interest in the on-pitch business. The 47-year-old has hit back at his critics, saying such a statement is ‘insulting to the brilliant people who work on the football.’

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“There is a myth that we have non‑football people making football decisions, and it’s insulting to the brilliant people who work on the football side in this club,” Woodward said.

“Many of the senior staff on the football side of the club have been in their roles for over 10 years. Some of our scouts have worked with us for more than 25 years.

“We’ve expanded our recruitment department in recent years and we believe this now runs in an efficient and productive way.

“Player recommendations and decisions are worked on by this department and by the first-team manager and his staff, not by senior management.”

“What’s important is the commercial side is never allowed to take priority over the football side. We are an incredible 141-year footballing institution with all that history, all that legacy, all that tradition and that tradition of success. That can never, ever change. We need to keep that protected.”

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Despite the series of bad performances, Ed Woodward has revealed he will continue to back current manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, as he believes the Norwegian is the right man to return Manchester United to its past glory.

“Ole has also instilled the discipline back into an environment where we may have lacked it in recent years,” he said. “He is building a squad that respects the club’s history, in which players work hard and respect their teammates. No one is bigger than the club.

“The changes we saw over the summer have resulted in a very young squad, but it’s also a squad with the players and the culture that provides a base camp for us to build and grow from as we start our new journey,” he said.

“Ole’s vision maps exactly to the core three football objectives we have: we must win trophies, we must play attacking football and we must give youth its chance.

“The middle section of last season, after Ole’s arrival, feels most relevant to what we want to achieve and where we want to be,” he said. “We saw a team playing fast, fluid football, with a clear representation of the style and philosophy the manager wants.”

Manchester United return to Premier League action on Sunday, as they welcome League leaders Liverpool to Old Trafford. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer would be hoping to hand Jurgen Klopp and the Merseyside reds their first defeat of the season, knowing fully well that another loss could see them just a whisker away from the relegation zone.

Driven by the passion for the game, Gabriel is an avid Sports & Football fan, lover and now writer/analyst. "I may be right or wrong, never perfect but I do justice in my own way".

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