A terrifying report from The Telegraph states that Ed Woodward is still in charge of Manchester United’s transfer business.

When Woodward’s departure was announced in late April amid the catastrophic Super League failure, there was hope that Ed would fade into the background before he left his role on December 31st.

Instead, Woodward seems to hold on to power for as long as he can.

The Telegraph Report: “Woodward will lead United’s transfer plans for as long as he serves as the club’s vice chairman.”

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This is despite the recent appointment of John Murtough as football director.

Murtough just fits into a structure under Woodward, who has the final say.

Terrifying prospect

Woodward has overseen several disastrous transfer windows as chief executive of Manchester United since replacing David Gill in 2013.

We looked at 10 moments that defined Woodward’s accountability at United, from paying a fee higher than Marouane Fellaini’s release clause to the final transfer window when United finished second in 2018.

Jose Mourinho, then United boss, was rewarded with Diogo Dalot, Fred and Lee Grant. Predictably, the team quickly reversed.

Now that United have returned to second place under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, they need the top players they needed three years ago.

If we’re going to see last summer we shouldn’t get our hopes up. Solskjaer didn’t get any of his best signings, and the most expensive signing, Donny van de Beek, didn’t even make it off the bank in Gdansk.

The latest report claims United are chasing several big names, from Jadon Sancho to Harry Kane, but we’ve been here before.

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Just like the 2013 pursuit of Cesc Fabregas and Gareth Bale, Ed Woodward’s transfer windows are often ambitious and almost always a huge disappointment.

Despite United’s big goals and willingness to succeed, we shouldn’t get our hopes up.

With a new character like Murtough taking a fresh approach, the possibility existed that this summer could be different. Maybe it could be. But the odds, based on the last seven summer windows under Woodward, say United fans are waiting for a bigger disappointment.

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