Ed Woodward was right to block certain transfers having made mistakes before.
That’s according to Gary Neville via Goal.com.
He was talking initially an indirect reference to the transfer of Jerome Boateng.
The fact that Ed Woodward refused to give in to Jose Mourinho’s demands and Bayern Munichs price.
The Glazers and Woodward blocked the Portuguese attempt to sign the defender.
Mourinho made no secret of his desire to sign another centre-back.
He identified several, including Boateng and recent acquisition Maguire. Woodward and the United owners failed to oblige with anyone.
Neville said of the situation:
“What the club have realised, what the Glazers have realised and probably what Ed Woodward has realised in the last 18 months is that they’ve stopped saying ‘yes’ to managers.”
“Jose wanted to sign Boateng for £50 million.”
“I probably would’ve blocked that myself if I was the owner of a football club.”
“Bayern don’t let anyone go if they’re half decent.”
“We’ve been burnt on Schweinsteiger.”
“They didn’t want to pay the money for Maguire at the time.”
“I think the club are changing the policy with the same people.”
“I think for the first time this summer, there is a profile of player that it looks like they’re going for.
“They announced at the end of the season that they were going to sign young players.”
“That were more fitting with what United would do in the past. I don’t disagree with what they’ve done this summer.”
“Man United were never going to get the best player in the world or the top 10 best players in the world this summer, they weren’t going to come.”
What was interesting is the impact that all United’s new faces had on the game against Chelsea.
Maguire and Wan-Bissaka fighting it out for the man of the match after not putting afoot wrong. James coming on for a cameo appearance and scoring on his Old Trafford debut.