MANCHESTER UNITED chief Ed Woodward snubbing the chance to appoint a director of football is ‘weird and twisted’.
That’s according to journalist Gabriele Marcotti, who insists the committee approach Woodward is instead adopting will only be successful if the right people are involved.
United have been tipped to bring in a sporting director for several months, with ex-players Rio Ferdinand and Darren Fletcher reportedly sounded out over the role.
However, The Daily Mail claim executive vice-chairman Woodward has decided not to appoint someone in this role – instead choosing to oversee a recruitment team that allows boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and assistant Mike Phelan to veto any potential transfers.
And Marcotti isn’t convinced by Woodward’s strategy.
“They’re quick to point out it’s not just Ed Woodward sitting there by himself, it said Woodward and a cast of thousands”
He told ESPN FC: “They’re quick to point out it’s not just Ed Woodward sitting there by himself, it said Woodward and a cast of thousands, with Marcel Bout, with John Murtagh, plus of course Mike Phelan and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, with the right to veto transfers – which to me just sounds weird and twisted.
“So they’re emphasising that it’s sort of the committee approach, the communal approach.
“You remember not that long ago people were ridiculing Liverpool for the committee approach, and then we saw it work out at Liverpool.
“That said, like with any committee it depends on the quality of people in the committee and the decisions they make.”
Marcotti’s comments came after it was claimed:
- United new boy Daniel James has affected Liverpool’s transfer plans
- The Red Devils have made a £80m Romelu Lukaku decision
- Barcelona are encouraging United to sign this midfielder
Woodward has been United’s executive vice-chairman for the last six years, but the majority of signings on his watch haven’t proved successful.
Some of his biggest flops include £60m Angel Di Maria, £75m Romelu Lukaku – who looks set to leave for Inter Milan just two years after moving to Old Trafford – £52m Fred and £25m Memphis Depay.
And the former accountant and investment banker has also appointed four managers since Sir Alex Ferguson’s departure in 2013.
ESPN pundit Craig Burley doesn’t think Woodward is making the right decision by forming a recruitment committee, insisting he is ‘a poor footballing guy making footballing decisions.’
“Did Liverpool need a committee to sign [Virgil] Van Dijk? Or Alisson?” he said.
“Let me think… That really takes a committee, doesn’t it, to go out and find a top player.
“They want to buy everybody. That’s really a big committee decision.
“They’ve got a poor footballing guy making footballing decisions in Ed Woodward, they’ve got a poor manager in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and they’ve got a poor team. Simple.”