The case to remove Ed Woodward from directing Manchester United’s transfer operations continues to build.
The positive first: United did make an enquiry to sign German attacker Julian Brandt, the Manchester Evening News report.
The negative: United were told they were too late, and Brandt was already signing for Borussia Dortmund for a bargain £22 million.
This comes just weeks after The Times revealed Woodward enquired after signing Virgil van Dijk at the start of the January 2018 transfer window – to be informed the £75 million defender was signing for Liverpool.
It’s almost as if Dortmund and Liverpool are better run behind the scenes than United.
Leaving it until the beginning of the transfer window to start chasing and enquiring after players is evidently not good enough.
Brandt and Van Dijk signed for their clubs because negotiations began weeks, if not months earlier.
It highlights how United are swimming against the tide once again this transfer window, without any groundwork laid before.
Of course, in the transfer window you have to be reactive to opportunities, but Brandt’s availability was no secret. It clearly wasn’t to Dortmund.
Ed Woodward is clearly not the man for the job, and it seems it’s too late to appoint a director of football this transfer window.
Let’s hope Ed gets it together, or there could be more embarrassing leaks of near misses to come.