Woodward accepts the fact that things could have gone better for the club.
There was always likely to be something of a bumpy transition period at Manchester United when stalwarts Sir Alex Ferguson and David Gill were replaced by David Moyes and Ed Woodward.
So it proved when the Premier League champions entered the transfer market where, without a director of football, the Red Devils only secured Everton’s Marouane Fellaini in the dying moments of transfer deadline day.
Unlike the club’s league rivals such as Chelsea, Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur, United left their dealings until late on and were lambasted for other negotiations.
Not least of all in their attempts to try and sign Athletic Bilbao midfielder Ander Herrera, with the deal falling through on Monday.
Previous pursuits of Cesc Fabregas and Thiago Alcantara also proved in vain and last ditch efforts to try and secure Leighton Baines for £15m and later Real Madrid’s Fabio Coentrao on-loan, both went by the wayside.
Critics commented that such apparent chaos in the market would not have happened under Ferguson and Woodward admits that much could have been improved, according to the Mirror.
However, the chief executive doesn’t think that United were completely undone in the summer, as the English title holders quashed attempts from the Blues to sign Wayne Rooney and eventually the forward was convinced to stay.
Stopping Rooney’s departure and bringing in Fellaini would be seen as a relative success in many peoples’ eyes – it’s just perhaps the unruly and public nature of other dealings that United fans would want to see eradicated in the next window.
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