Ed Woodward is the former banker overseeing football matters at Manchester United, and not for much longer.
Woodward’s spell as chief executive will end in December after his resignation on a night of Super League shame back in April.
This week Woodward chaired what should be his final club investor call, and he made a statement about how he sees United at present.
As usual, Woodward’s statement was completely out of touch with supporters.
Results on the pitch matter to fans
Woodward’s comments were spoken like a man who has not watched a minute of action since Manchester United’s opening day of the season win over Leeds.
Back then everything seemed rosy, only for results to sink badly since.
The arrival of Cristiano Ronaldo gave the club a lift, but despite the player’s best efforts with nine goals in 12 games, performances on the pitch have been terrible.
United have won just one of the last six league games and lost four of them.
The club have refused to communicate with fans over Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s future, and let the manager bear the brunt of rumours over whether he will be fired or not.
Woodward’s comments appear to back Solskjaer, but they come too late, released on a day where the Manchester Evening News report ‘senior figures’ at the club have decided the manager needs to be replaced.
The rumour mill is well underway, and Solskjaer appears to be swimming against the tide, ahead of a stretch of games which could kill off his time as manager, with Watford, Villarreal, Chelsea, and Arsenal matches in quick succession over the next fortnight.
In combined 0-7 defeats at home to rivals Liverpool and then Manchester City, United looked terrible, and have one of the worst defensive records in the league. The Telegraph report numerous players are unhappy.
But in the land of Woodward and United’s investors, everything is rosy and United are course for another strong season. What defines success for them, is seemingly not trophies and silverware.
Here is a look at how United supporters reacted to Woodward’s comments…
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