Manchester United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward has ditched the prospect of bringing in a director of football to Old Trafford as the club trust David Moyes to get things right
Woodward told United we stand: We don’t have a director of football because we back the manager.’
‘We don’t want the manager to be a hired gun for the next two or three years. We want the next generation to enjoy having him there creating his
‘When a scout recommends a brilliant right-back or a coach recommends one from our academy, we want the manager to weigh up what is right for the team.
‘He can decide. He is the football expert.’
The United chief however rued the Premier League Champions inability to make marque signings during the summer as Moyes didn’t resume work until July 1.
This led to United making Marouane Fellaini the only significant signing on deadline day for a whopping £23.5m.
‘It was disappointing that we didn’t sign more players but I always knew it was going to be a tough window,’ said Woodward.
‘As a club, we didn’t want to impose a plan on the new manager that had come from the old manager. ‘I know other clubs have done that across the
Premier League, where a director of football has bought players even before the new manager has arrived.
‘That happened very close to home.
‘We didn’t want to do that. We have a manager who we want to give our full support to make his decisions about the players and the decisions about
the academy. ‘He has the same power that Alex did.’
He also admitted some mistakes made during the summer’s abysmal transfer
negotiations. Especially on the dramatic incursion Herrera’s deal by three ghost lawyers that turned up at Laliga headquarters to forcefully orchestrate the deal.
‘It was an approach specific to the selling club,’ he said. ‘We had to make certain one-off decisions and messages.’
‘We should have denied all the stories on the last day about Herrera because they were rubbish,’ said Woodward of a bizarre saga that included three unidentified men turning up at La Liga headquarters trying to force through a deal.
‘I’ve got no idea (who they were),’ said Woodward.
‘I had seven people call me on the last day and try to insert themselves into a deal.
‘I can only imagine that people who wanted to insert themselves into the deal turned up at the league’s offices.
‘They were nothing to do with us, nothing to do with the agent and, according to Bilbao, nothing to do
‘Once they had said to us: ‘Only the buy clause being met will issue a release’, we knew it wasn’t going to happen.’