Souness launches staunch defence of United chief Woodward

Date published: Thursday 13th December 2018 10:11

Ed Woodward has done nothing wrong at Manchester United, according to former Liverpool midfielder Graeme Souness.

Jose Mourinho has been well backed in the transfer market since his arrival at the club with players such as Paul Pogba arriving for vast sums of money.

The summer transfer window was less inspiring with Fred, who has failed to settle in quickly at Old Trafford, their biggest buy of the transfer window.

£391 million has been spent since Mourinho arrived at the club with the club appearing more disjointed than ever, with a lot of reported off-field issues this campaign.

Reports have claimed that United are trying to employ a director of football as a middle man between Mourinho and Woodward – with the pair understood to butt heads on a lot of issues.

However, Souness does not think Woodward can accept any blame for United’s current poor league position and transfer business.

“Where’s the problems upstairs?” Souness told Virgin Media Sport.

“What’s Woodward done wrong? I don’t think Woodward’s done anything wrong!

“He has supplied a succession of managers with a load of money to spend. Mourinho has spent circa £400m. That’s his job to provide the money.

“Now there must be some committee. I wouldn’t imagine it is Woodward. I wouldn’t imagine it is just done to the manager to sign the players.

“There will be people responsible within that club that say ‘these are our targets, this is who we think are good enough’. I imagine Mourinho has the last word on that.

“I don’t see where you can point a finger at Woodward in all this.”


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