Man Utd will spend in transfer window but must be ‘extra cautious’ due to coronavirus, confirms Ed Woodward


ED WOODWARD admits Manchester United will splash out with “extra caution in the coming months” due to the financial hit from coronavirus.

But as United look to move into the Premier League top four tonight, the Old Trafford executive vice-chairperson insists they are still commercially “strong” for the long-term.

A home draw with West Ham would take United a point above Leicester – who would then need to beat United in Sunday’s Prem finale to regain a Champions League spot.

And writing in this evening’s matchday programme, Woodward seemed to back boss Ole Gunnar Spolskjaer’s plans for major spending in the summer transfer window.

He said: “We are fortunate to have a strong and resilient commercial business which has supported long-term investment in our team.

“That will continue, albeit with extra caution in the coming months as we navigate our way through this uncertain period.”

England attacker Jadon Sancho is thought to top Solskjaer’s wishlist.

But Borussia Dortmund have reportedly told United they would accept nothing less than £80million for the 20-year-old.

Aston Villa skipper Jack Grealish is still being strongly linked with Old Trafford.

And Solskjaer is also keen for major investment in his central defence.

Amid concern over Harry Maguire’s partnership with Victor Lindelof, United have been linked with Napoli’s Kalidou Koulibaly and now Bournemouth ace Nathan Ake.

SunSport exclusively revealed yesterday United and Chelsea have joined Manchester City in the £35m hunt for the Holland star, 25.


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