Ole Gunnar Solskjaer hints he needs to rectify Ed Woodward's biggest Man Utd mistake


Ole Gunnar Solskjaer hints he needs to rectify Ed Woodward's biggest Man Utd mistake

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has hinted that the club will be active in the transfer market as Ed Woodward prepares to leave his role at Old Trafford.

Manchester United will enter the summer transfer window without Ed Woodward for the first time since 2012.

Woodward announced last month that this would be his final season at Old Trafford, making his decision only hours after the European Super League collapsed.


      It has been implied that the timing of the announcement was entirely coincidental and that he always expected 2020/21 to be his final season at Old Trafford.

      After a reshuffle behind the scenes, the club's newly named football director, John Murtough, and Matt Judge are set to fully take over transfer dealings.

      The pair will be looking for a much better transfer market record than their predecessor has had over the last few years.

      A slew of costly transfer misses, including Alexis Sanchez, Marcos Rojo, and Angel Di Maria, have hampered the Red Devils' bid to return to the top of English football.

      But it is not just the players who have joined the club who will haunt Woodward; it is also the slew of high-profile stars that he chose not to sign.

      Back in 2018, on a single transfer deadline day, Woodward vetoed a slew of transfer recommendations from Jose Mourinho, who was desperate to shore up his team's leaky defense.

      Raphael Varane, Toby Alderweireld, Jerome Boateng, and Yerry Mina were previously stated to be on Mourinho's wishlist, but the executive vice-chairman refused to sign any of them.

      And, according to the Manchester Evening News, he also passed up the chance to sign Ruben Dias two years before he became a Premier League sensation.

      Mourinho admired the Portuguese center-back and was said to have personal knowledge of him due to the fact that they shared the same agent, Jorge Mendes.

      Woodward and the rest of the transfer board, however, wanted a more experienced option, despite the fact that he was only 21 at the time.

      Dias finally joined Manchester City last summer, quickly becoming one of the best defenders in the Premier League and guiding them to their third Premier League title in four years.

      Meanwhile, new United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is also looking for defensive reinforcements after another season marred by defensive issues.

      Pau Torres, Jules Kounde, and Varane have all been linked, with the Norwegian confirming that they will need to be involved to catch the Dias-inspired City.

      "We're preparing as we always do," Solskjaer said of the forthcoming transfer window. "And, as I've mentioned a few times recently, I'm hoping to improve with two or three players we certainly need to challenge higher up the table." We're far too far behind to expect it to happen on its own.”

      Solskjaer will be hoping that he, Murtough, and Judge will lay the groundwork for a more fruitful trio than previous collaborations.

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