Manchester United’s 2013 title win was great. We didn’t know how good we really had it.

Sir Alex Ferguson announced his retirement weeks later and resigned from the club along with David Gill.

A new man has been appointed managing director, Ed Woodward. And it was a total disaster. The Guardian reported last night that Woodward is set to step down for good eight years later.

The only disappointment is having to wait until the end of 2021. However, let’s focus on the positives and hope that it accelerates.

Never the right man

Woodward was a newcomer to the role, joining David Moyes who was overwhelmed as a United manager and needed a seasoned personality like David Gill to steer him.

He got Woodward chasing big names and failing because he didn’t have the expertise to be supplied and taken seriously by big clubs when United suddenly ran out of big managers to attract players.

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Woodward has made some improvements in the transfer market after a bad first summer, but it has been a true scattergun approach. United never recovered from their first two years in charge.

He made a name for himself as a banker, not in football. And his lack of knowledge of the game always shone through.

Woodward has made some unique trading deals, and for that he deserves some credit. But he never gave control to anyone on the football side.

Even when he promoted John Murtough to director of football, he chose a figure within the club who would not threaten his power. A recent report from The Mail said it was Woodward and Murtough who held a meeting with Edinson Cavani about his future, which showed that Ed just couldn’t let go.

Well, he has now and this is United’s best day since winning the 2013 title.

That overshadows everything

This is more important to the club than the 2016 FA Cup win. Ed Woodward even ruined it by firing Louis van Gaal hours after the game.

The 2017 League Cup and Europa League doubles were wrong times and Ed Woodward refused to endorse Jose Mourinho in the transfer market in 2018.

For better or for worse, Woodward should have found a compromise. Instead, he was giving off too much strength.

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Now he’s finally gone or he’s leaving, that’s the clean break United needs.

A footballer has to go to the top, no other banker. Ed was eight years old and couldn’t win the title.

Perhaps United was closer than ever during his tenure when he resigned. But it was in spite of him and not because of him.

If he had properly supported Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in the transfer market last summer, United could be at the top of the table now.

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