Manchester United have released an official letter to fans defending the clubs’ activities in the transfer window and have insisted that both the fundamental objectives the club set out were achieved this summer.
Ed Woodward has come under heavy criticism after United were knocked back on multiple occasions by targets after the club was made to look like a bit of a laughing stock, with the failed Ander Herrera bid highlighting our somewhat amateur approach to the market.
The letter, in response to fan emails and letters to the club asking for some clarification, labelled the acquisition of Fellaini and the retention of Rooney as a successful summer.
Signed on behalf of director of communications Phil Townsend, the letter states: “The club had two main priorities for the transfer window. The first was to keep Wayne Rooney. He is a world-class player and the manager is very keen to have Wayne as a key part of the club’s drive to retain the Premier League trophy. That aim was fulfilled.
“The second priority was to add a midfield player, and the capture of Fellaini has met that need.
“Add to that the fact that Wilfried Zaha is a new signing and that the manager has added the highly-rated young player Adnan Janazaj to the squad and the team does in fact have a different feel to it than the one that finished last season.
“The club has invested over £40m acquiring new players this summer, as well as re-signing Nani on a long term deal – more than it has traditionally spent on transfers.
“Additional resources were there to add to that but it was not possible to agree with other clubs for the right players to leave. The key point there is that the players we buy have to be the right ones for Manchester United; not just any player.
“The club has always backed the manager in the transfer market, as Sir Alex has said on many occasions and it will continue to do so. The club has demonstrated its belief in, and commitment to, David Moyes through the award of a six year contract.
“Allowing him to shape the future Manchester United team is a long term project not an eight-week panic. He must be given time to assess his new squad and come to his own decisions on which players he feels will strengthen it.”
David Moyes has done well at the start of his career as United manager on the pitch and Fellaini has proved to be a fantastic signing but despite the confidence of this letter, it was clear that the summer did not go to plan.
United only secured Fellaini at the last minute after deciding to split their bid for Baines and Fellaini up to secure him. We missed out on Thiago Alcantara, Cesc Fabregas and Ander Herrera as well as Fabio Coentrao and Sami Khedira.
Keeping Rooney was indeed a big priority this summer but to simply sweep away any criticism isn’t right. The club must change their approach in the next window.
Speaking about the letter, a spokesman said: “The reply went to those who wrote to Ed Woodward and people who sent emails to the enquiries inbox.
“We have a responsibility under our Club Charter to respond to all correspondence in 15 working days.”