The Manchester United fan revolution against the Glazer ownership is gathering pace.
Fury against the owners is at an all time high, and further protests are expected.
Amid this backdrop, the team is preparing for an important month on the pitch, with United hoping to seal Champions League qualification and win the Europa League.
It could be busy in the transfer market too, in late May and early June.
There will be a desire from some clubs and players to get deals completed early before the European Championships, to prevent uncertainty dragging on into July.
This should be United’s aim too, to get at least one important signing completed before the Euros, to set the tone for a productive summer ahead.
Murtough’s first summer ‘in charge’
United enter this summer with a director of football at the helm for the first time ever.
John Murtough has had time to prepare for this transfer window, and he should be determined to make his stint a success.
The same could have been said of Ed Woodward as chief executive in 2013, and he messed that up disastrously. So Murtough needs to make a good early impression.
There are concerns with Murtough’s appointment. He is, after all, a holdover from the Moyes era, rather than a fresh face.
Does he possess the personality and know-how to conclude big deals, and be persuasive behind the scenes?
He is already under a little pressure with academy stalwart Nicky Butt quitting in the fallout of Murtough’s appointment. It is important for him to show he is the right man for the job.
No hiding place
The protests could lead to some behind the scenes turmoil at United, and yet, this does not absolve Murtough of any blame if the transfer window goes wrong.
There is no ‘free pass’ for Murtough if United have another transfer window to forget.
This United team is primed for success. The team sit second in the league and on the verge of a European trophy. The platform is there.
We all look back on 2018 as a missed opportunity for United. This is an even bigger chance to kick on.
For Murtough to mess this up would be unforgivable, and whether that might be ultimately down to Ed Woodward, Matt Judge, or the Glazers, he is the frontman for them, and his reputation rests on improving this team this summer.
Fans would prefer no deals and the Glazers leave the club, than a few transfers and the owners stay. It would be worth it.
But if they stay, Murtough has to find a way to make it work, or he will start to be seen as part of the problem.
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