Ed Woodward is to blame for the current plight of Manchester United according to former Crystal Palace chairman Simon Jordon.
Manchester United have had a nightmare start to the new Premier League campaign.
This season was billed as the dawn of a new era, and the start of the process of gaining ground on last season’s runaway title contenders.
Manchester City and Liverpool are the benchmarks, and Manchester United and everyone else is currently playing catch up.
According to former Crystal Palace chairman Simon Jordon, in an interview with Talksport, the blame for United’s failure to close the gap lays squarely with Ed Woodward.
Woodward is the man charged by the owners, the Glazer family with the day to day operations, including the purse strings when it comes to transfer activity.
Jordon believes, he failure to recruit a replacement striker for Romelu Lukaka was a grave mistake, and one man is to blame.
He does not believe there is any real commitment from the United power brokers to get back to the top at all costs.
“I don’t get the feel from Ole Gunnar Solskjaer that the expectation this season or the pressure that was going to build on him was going to come from above.”
“In terms of there was a method or a mantra that was going to be put on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.”
“That this team needs to be successful this season, this team needs to be this, this team needs to be that.”
“Because otherwise, how do you explain not buying a centre-forward? Because I can’t understand that.”
Jordon feels United made substandard decisions initially in the management department.
“You’re looking at Manchester United saying ‘okay, they haven’t got as good a manager as Man City.”
“They haven’t got as good a one as Tottenham, haven’t got as good a one as Liverpool, and possibly not as good as Arsenal.”
“It’s debatable about Frank Lampard because we don’t know what he’s going to become at this moment in time.”
“How was it ever going to be a situation where Man United were going to bridge any gaps?”
He also feels the whoever the man in charge was, thye were never really given the necessary tools.
“And at the same time, ‘we’re not going to give you the tools.”
“We’re going to buy you a centre-half because it’s glaringly obvious that even the blandest of the bland can understand a centre-half is required.”
“We’re going to sell your centre-forward because perhaps he’s toxic and he’s creating an environment inside the dressing room.”
“But we’re not going to give you the tools to be able to compete.”
Jordon pulled no punches when he named and shamed the man to blame.
“It’s ludicrous, it’s ludicrous decision making from Ed Woodward or whoever’s making those decisions alongside him.”