Woodward Set to Travel to US for Glazer Talks

Manchester United’s failure to add a marquee signing to their squad during the summer transfer window has not gone down well with the club’s American owners.

Despite being linked with a number of high profile players, most notably Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas, United failed to significantly bolster their squad with the late capture of Marouane Fellaini doing little to inspire the fans and owners.

The Everton midfielder moved to Old Trafford in a £27.5 million deal, some £4 million more than if the deal had been completed by the 31st July, the expiration date of the Belgian’s buy-out clause.

United’s failure in the transfer market has left a sour note with fans and their sentiments appear to have been echoed by the owners, the Glazer’s.

According to the Daily Mirror, new vice-chairman Ed Woodward, operating in his first transfer window, has been summoned to Florida to explain why the club failed to land any of their top targets.

The owners also want an explanation as to how the clubs dealing, which has left the club looking foolish in the eyes of many, descended into the farce, especially the pursuit of Fellaini.

The club were linked with a move for the midfielder throughout the summer and also secured his signature late on the final day of the transfer window and only once the 25 year old submitted a transfer request and was forced to forgo millions in bonuses due.

Woodward was tasked with delivering a world-class star for new manager David Moyes in an effort to make his integration into United all the easier.

Woodward’s conversation will be made all the more difficult following the success neighbours Manchester City, Spurs and Chelsea, all of whom significantly boosted their squads over the summer.

Manchester United fans have also been left looking for answers with threads on a United forum, redcafe.net drawing in 81,000 posts many of whom have called on Woodward, who replace David Gill, to resign from his role.

Some Reds fans have described Woodward as a “Clown” with one poster writing “There is simply no way anybody can defend Woodward, and he needs to be sacked right away before he can make our club look like any more of a joke.”

Trevor Keane is an Irish based sports writer and the author of Gaffers, 50 years of Irish Managers and Running through Walls, the Dave Langan Story.