Man Utd: Ed Woodward role in transfers changes as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer eyes January deals | Football | Sport


Ed Woodward reportedly has “nothing to do with recruitment” at Manchester United nowadays with the executive vice-chairman having previously been criticised for his decisions. United have struggled in recent transfer windows despite calls for major overhaul.

Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is open to making signings this month with the transfer window now open.

And it appears he may have even more of a say this month than he did during the summer, when Woodward was believed to be in charge.

Manchester Evening News have claimed that Woodward has taken a back seat and is no longer involved in recruitment at Old Trafford.

That may please Solskjaer, who previously said he makes the final decision on any incomings.

The Norwegian said: ”I’ll have a final say if a player comes in or go out and we’ve got regular meetings, I’m happy with the way it’s going and we’re supposed to sign 250 players so hopefully we can get players in you have written about as well.

“In the long term planning we have to think about being in the Champions League next year, we might not be and you’d be surprised how many players’ agents have been touting, not touting, but telling us their players would love to be a part of Manchester United in the future, that’s the lure and the potential and size of the club, that we will get back to the good days.”

And Solskjaer opened up on potential deals that he may make this month with a number of his current squad due back from injuries.


Solskjaer said: “We’re getting four players back that we haven’t been able to have and that will strengthen our squad.

“We’re always looking and the transfer window is open but it might not happen.

“We’re getting players back, we’re getting Paul [Pogba], Diogo [Dalot], Eric [Bailly], Tim [Fosu-Mensah] back, so that’s four extra bodies back for us in the coming months.

“Nemanja [Matic] is back and Paul’s coming back, so of course we’re not as light as we were, say a month ago.”

Express Sport understand that United are keen on Jadon Sancho and could fight Arsenal for Dries Mertens this month.

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