Patience! Not a word that United fans are consoling themselves with right now. The alarm bells are now clearly ringing. Where are the signings that Ed Woodward promised us would be here imminently? Watch this space he said, we can smash the world transfer record if this right player becomes available was another quote.
Our first game against Swansea us upon us, so far 2 new signings have been bought for the first team and a free transfer for the youth team. With the deficiencies in our squad right now and with a host of genuine talent out there that is available for the right price, 2 signings before the opening premier league fixture can only be regarded as failure and all Ed Woodward can hope for now is redemption with the final 2 weeks of the transfer window to go. Last summer descended into farce and the comparison with this summer is striking.
Woodward left the preseason tour of the far East and Australia for urgent transfer business. This year he has done the same thing again, and like last year no new signings from that point appeared until the final day of the transfer window. The difference is this year he has gone on record, this year he can be accountable because of his big claims, and if he doesn’t deliver in the next few weeks the repercussions for our great club could be huge. Van Gaal seems to be also getting concerned regarding the transfer situation.
Prior to leaving for the world cup a list of targets was left with the club to focus. The question is, has the club landed one of those targets? The answer is probably not. Although the 2 signings made are quality, there is need for more particularly in defence and no one could blame Van Gaal for getting annoyed with the current status quo. Van Gaal is a man used to getting his own way, and if he doesn’t get what he wants he has no problem with walking away from the situation and who could blame him. Ed need’s to deliver and need’s to do it quickly. Another last minute deadline day mess is not acceptable.
Although we will never know what is going on behind the scenes, but what is leaking out is quite revealing. Frank De Boar’s comments was the inspiration for this article. “We all know that if there is a certain amount on the table we cannot refuse,” he said. “Then we’ll wish Daley all the best.” More potential evidence comes from the Marcos Rojo situation. A problem that could easily be solved by United offering maybe another million, worth that for his experience of playing in a world cup final. Something no other in the United dressing can boast.
It feels to us that Ed is fumbling about with chump change and sitting back and playing the waiting game that just isn’t working and will no doubt backfire spectacularly like it did with the Feliani situation last season. As we all know Bill Kenwright admitted that Feliani had a clause in his contract stipulating he could sign for a champions league team for a sum of 21 million, a clause that ended on the 31st July 2013. Instead, he tried to sit it out and hope that Everton would bite, only to spend an extra £7 million on the final day.
With that in mind, and with the way this transfer window has already gone, is this the type of CEO that we want at the club? No! We want a CEO he puts the team and fans first, and be willing to improve the squad by spending the right amount of money when it is required and not be frightened to do so. Redemption is all that Ed can now hope for, and lets all hope for the good of our club that the redemption is such that the last 2 summers be forgotten about and he can start to trust this man. Because as of right now he doesn’t have the trust of the supporters. For those of us who love our club, it’s deeply frustrating to know there is money to spend and he refuses to do so. If Ed doesn’t redeem himself in the 16 days I’m afraid the damage will be too severe and he will never have the backing of the supporters for the rest of his career.