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Manchester United: blame must land on Ed Woodward’s door after Watford defeat

From Manchester United The chaotic 4-1 loss at Watford has been eight years in the making and the main flaw comes from the boardroom rather than the manager’s hot seat.

Despite being a canny business operator and personable personality, executive Ed Woodward has managed to screw up almost every major football decision since he was asked to follow David Gill and run the world’s biggest club.

His determination to hold on to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer after successive humiliations at home against United’s biggest rivals Liverpool and Manchester City produced a collapse on Vicarage Road labeled as an ’embarrassment’ by David de Gea, the sole survivor of the last team to win. the title of Sir Alex Ferguson.

Arguably, Woodward has been wrong in every football decision since taking over from David Gill

Solskjaer hangs by a thread at United after this latest major defeat

Solskjaer hangs by a thread at United after this latest major defeat

Ed Woodward (left) must take responsibility for Manchester United’s failures, whether or not Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (right) is fired after the 4-1 humiliation of Watford.

Woodward has been the kingmaker in a series of poor decisions that have led to this malaise.

Woodward has been the kingmaker in a series of poor decisions that have led to this malaise.

Woodward has been the kingmaker in a series of poor decisions that have led to this malaise.

Solskjaer will take the can at some point, in fact his demeanor last night was that of someone no longer in control of his destiny and few will argue his case for staying after blandly trying to manage egos inside Old Trafford.

But Woodward has a much greater responsibility. After all, he has been the kingmaker who has appointed David Moyes, Louis van Gaal, José Mourinho and Solskjaer, all of whom have failed.

If he had not agreed to resign after another fiasco, the European Super League, it would be difficult for him to convince the fans that he deserved to stay and make more decisions.

Along with Richard Arnold (left), the vice president (right) has mismanaged the club

Along with Richard Arnold (left), the vice president (right) has mismanaged the club

Along with Richard Arnold (left), the vice president (right) has mismanaged the club

He appointed José Mourinho as coach when the Portuguese's career was in a setback

He appointed José Mourinho as coach when the Portuguese's career was in a setback

He appointed José Mourinho as coach when the Portuguese’s career was in a setback

Woodward is the guy who gave Wayne Rooney a great new deal when Ferguson recommended selling.

He sold Memphis Depay instead of staying with him (Depay is now thriving with Barcelona and Holland) and did not capitalize on Paul Pogba when the Frenchman wanted to leave, which could cost United £ 100 million.

Also, he gave Mourinho an attractive long-term contract just a few months before firing him, insisted that Solskjaer was an interim appointment before making a big U-turn and giving him the full-time job, and refused to honor the price. Sale of Leicester by Harry Maguire. before paying more 12 months later.

One mistake he even confesses is giving City for Alexis Sánchez, paying the Chilean an estimated £ 500,000 a week for the privilege and getting a return of five goals in 18 months.

Less publicized but equally damaging in the long run was spending millions on new contracts for De Gea, Luke Shaw and Anthony Martial simply to prevent them from joining up with rivals, when much cheaper options were available.

The signing of Cristiano Ronaldo did not fit with Solskjaer's plan for a young and fast front

The signing of Cristiano Ronaldo did not fit with Solskjaer's plan for a young and fast front

The signing of Cristiano Ronaldo did not fit with Solskjaer’s plan for a young and fast front

Ferguson is aware of the generational change and has always recognized that a new contract is being paid for the next five years, not his previous service to the club.

It’s impossible to get every decision right, but overall, it’s a complete catalog for Woodward. In fairness, you’ve had to provide the Glazers with so many daily and weekly trade reports that you probably don’t have time to consider the big picture.

His self-confidence as a top negotiator has been a hindrance rather than a help. A true soccer director never materialized despite many clues and has decided not to surround himself with experienced soccer decision makers.

It’s a flaw that has also plagued Solskjaer, whose coaches Michael Carrick and Kieran McKenna have limited resumes on that front.

Solskjaer was never going to tell United that he didn’t want Cristiano Ronaldo and the club wouldn’t have listened to him, but, having finished second last season, he shattered their plans to have a forward three from Jadon Sancho on the one hand, Marcus Rashford on the side. other. with Edinson Cavani and Mason Greenwood.

Woodward's self-confidence has proven to be a hindrance rather than a help for United on the field.

Woodward's self-confidence has proven to be a hindrance rather than a help for United on the field.

Woodward’s self-confidence has proven to be a hindrance rather than a help for United on the field.

Once he put all his faith in superstar coaches like Van Gaal and Mourinho, Woodward had a massive conversion by naming Solskjaer, someone who has United in his DNA. But it didn’t really give the Norwegian the same authority that Ferguson had.

He pretended that United was different from Chelsea, where executives decide who to sign and managers come and go. But in reality Solskjaer was powerless.

It’s no wonder he didn’t seem to know if he was coming or going after the Watford game, saying: ‘I believe in my staff, my players and myself. That’s a different discussion with the club and with me. ‘

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