To be fair to the Croatian World Cup finalist, Mandzukic could
be a smart buy if the price is reasonable, with his experience and hold-up play
meaning he has a lot to offer United. But still, Mandzukic is far from the glamorous
big-money signing that fans had been hoping for.
Since arriving at the Theatre of Dreams seven years
ago - especially since taking over from David Gill six years ago - Ed Woodward has been the man responsible for pushing United forward in the
post-Sir Alex Ferguson years as the club looked to return to its glory days.
Instead, the team has gone through four managers in that period
and seen botched moves for so many top-tier players at various spells. And when
United have managed to sign a big-name player, they’ve often been held
over a barrel – such as the ginormous wages paid to proverbial bench warmer
The club and Woodward have seen fit to change manager
four times over this spell, with the man in the dugout deemed the reason for
United’s problems, but fans are making it clear that they held Ed Woodward more
culpable than any of David Moyes, Louis Van Gaal or Jose Mourinho.
In fact, a prime example of Woodward’s incompetence is the
fact that he refused to allow Mourinho to pay £60 million for Harry Maguire
last summer… only to now fork out £80
million for the player just this week.
To give an example of the unrest amongst United fans on what
looks like being yet another disappointing transfer deadline day, here are a
few choice social media messages for Woodward.
It seems that Manchester United fans’ anger at Ed Woodward
seems to only increase with every passing season, and it’s going to take something
major before today’s 5pm transfer deadline to get the Old Trafford faithful
back on-side. And even then, one or two big-money buys today would simply paper
over the cracks of what has been a painful shambles of a six years for English football’s