Ed Woodward is a divisive figure among Manchester United fans. Formerly a man who seemed completely out of his depth when it came to getting transfer deals done, he went through a resurrection of sorts over the last 2 summers. But it is his handling of the non-sale of David de Gea that may prove to be his greatest contribution to the club.
The Woodward era has not been smooth sailing by any means, resembling a rollercoaster more often than not. There were the ups of signing world class superstars Angel di Maria and Bastian Schweinsteiger, the clearing of deadwood and then, there were the considerable downs of unnecessarily paying an extra £4 million for Marouane Fellaini or missing out on Pedro.
Manchester United’s unbeaten start to the campaign came to an abrupt halt away at Swansea, as the Reds surrendered a 1-0 lead to suffer their third consecutive 2-1 defeat against Gary Monk’s side.
After a brisk start in the first half, United were lucky to be level at half-time but hit the front early in the second half, as Juan Mata netted his first goal of the season to give his side a 1-0 lead. However, Swansea bounced back and scored twice within five minutes to condemn United to their first defeat of the season, as doubts over this squad’s future begin to mount.
Here’s five talking points from yesterday
Manchester United returned to the Champions League proper after a resounding win against Club Brugge on Wednesday night.
Much as they did after going behind in the first leg, United produced the kind of football that has so far eluded them in Europe, showing the kind of fluidity and clinical approach up-front that has too often been missed in the first three Premier League games.
Here’s five things we’ve learned from last night…
Manchester United’s winning start to the season came to an abrupt end on Saturday, as Louis Van Gaal’s men slumped to disappointing 0-0 draw against Newcastle.
Having started with purpose and intensity, United soon faded away as they were hampered by the now all too familiar anaemic strike-force, even though Wayne Rooney had a goal ruled out for offside.
Here’s five things we’ve learned from yesterday.
Manchester United marked their return to European football with a 3-1 win over Club Brugge last night, as goals from Memphis Depay and Marouane Fellaini put the Reds a step closer to returning to the group stages of the Champions League after last season’s absence.
Despite the result, however, things did not run as smoothly as some would have anticipated, as Brugge took an unexpected early lead and looked threatening in the first half. However, in the second 45 minutes, United stepped up a gear and produced the sort of football they had not delivered in the first two games of the season.
Here’s six key points from United’s return to Europe.
Manchester United are a step closer to returning to the Champions League proper after beating Club Brugge 3-1 in the first leg of their playoff tie.
United marked their return to European football after an 18-month hiatus with a performance that grew in confidence after the worst possible start.
Here’s five talking points from last night
Manchester United are joint top of the league after two games, have looked unexpectedly solid at the back and are yet to concede a goal. However, that’s where the positives end for Louis Van Gaal, as his side still looks to be struggling to regain the fluidity they displayed over six games in spring last season, when United seemed to have well and truly returned to their usual, pre-Moyes selves.
With European football returning to Old Trafford tomorrow, here are five talking points from United’s first two games of the campaign.
It wasn’t pretty, it wasn’t entertaining but it was effective. Manchester United return from Villa Park with another three points and another clean sheet but, as it’s been characteristic of Louis Van Gaal’s tenure, there were more questions than answers.
It is hard to argue with two wins in two games, particularly given last season’s stuttering start, but United continue to look like a work in progress.
Here’s five things we have learnt from Friday night