It’s almost over. Ed Woodward has announced that he will be leaving Manchester United and leaving in late 2021.

As much as his farewell declaration tried to paint a picture of a club on the right track, it’s too little too late.

Ed Woodward shouldn’t take the credit of rebuilding a successful culture in a club he destroyed.

As a tribute to the outgoing CEO, here’s a look at 10 moments that defined Ed Woodward’s reign.

Return flight from Australia

PA Sources: Man Utd chief executive Ed Woodward has left the club’s Australian tour early to handle urgent transfer deals

– Sky News Breaking (@SkyNewsBreak) July 17, 2013

In all fairness we are still waiting for the solution to this problem. Woodward raised hopes in the summer of 2013, his first person in charge, and continued to strike.

Woodward is believed to be chasing Gareth Bale at the time, who eventually signed for Real Madrid.

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Pay more than Marouane Fellaini’s release clause

A truly absurd moment in Woodward’s first summer of tragedy. United had until mid-August to sign Marouane Fellaini for his £ 23.5m release clause.

United missed the deadline and Woodward paid an additional £ 4m to sign the Belgian, a total of £ 27.5m.

The Spanish lawyers

Woodward’s 2013 success was a failed attempt to sign Ander Herrera.

In a final attempt to pay for his release clause, three mysterious lawyers appeared at the league’s headquarters on United’s behalf, The Mail reported at the time.

United tried to distance themselves from this charade and got the player a year later. It was too late for David Moyes.

Promising to redefine the market

Woodward’s inexperience in the transfer market was reflected in his bolshy claim: “We can do things in the transfer market that other clubs can only dream of. Watch this room. “

Presumably the clubs watched jealously when he pounced on Morgan Schneiderlin and walked away from a move for Toni Kroos.

Woodward’s words had a negative impact as the clubs increased their asking prices whenever the club called. The “United Premium” is still a problem today.

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The pasta sponsor

Not everything was bad. Ed Woodward’s creativity saw him being lauded as a genius on the commercial side.

One of his most notorious deals was when Manchester United signed on to win an official pasta sponsor in 2014.

To this day, United has an official wine partner, an oil and lubricant partner, and even an official mattress and pillow partner.

Van Gaal sacked on Cup final day

After the 2013 Community Shield, considered a trophy only by David Moyes, the 2016 FA Cup was Manchester United’s first cutlery from the Ed Woodward era.

Woodward ruined it by firing manager Louis van Gaal hours after the game to hire Jose Mourinho.

Though inevitable, firing the Dutchman on the same day and taking the shine away from a special moment was a classless move.

Cozy at Mino Raiola

After struggling with transfers, Woodward moved all-in with Mino Raiola when he teamed up with the controversial agent to sign Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Paul Pogba and Henrikh Mkhitaryan in 2016.

Given the way Sir Alex Ferguson had previously spoken of Raiola, this was a desperate move, and the problems Raiola has since caused regarding Pogba justify the former boss for refusing to go along with it to deal with the Italian.

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Summer 2018

The summer of 2018 was a line in the sand for United. Jose Mourinho had taken United to second in the league and was rewarded with Fred, Diogo Dalot and Lee Grant.

This was Woodward who took control of Mourinho and refused to support him. Right or wrong in hindsight, it showed that he was in charge and wasn’t afraid to piss off one of the biggest names in football and fire him months later.

The house attack

In January 2020, supporters threw torches in front of Woodward’s house amid frustration over another dud of a transfer window.

Woodward eventually responded by approving a deal for Bruno Fernandes that he had deviated from six months earlier.

The change of a small group of fans was followed by chants from the stands that Woodward disliked, which was a growing frustration for his time at the club.

Stop in a night of shame

Ed Woodward’s decision to leave is the best he has done for Manchester United since he was called up.

But there was nothing noble about his decision. Woodward left after a shameless attempt to join a European Super League cartel that would have ruined football as we know it.

Woodward left before he was evicted. His position had become untenable and there was no turning back. Now, the end of 2021 and its official departure date can’t come fast enough.

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