Ed Woodward has spoken out about Manchester United’s summer transfer window, noting that the business done puts the club in a strong position to win trophies this season.
One target that eluded him, however, was Inter Milan’s Ivan Perisic, with Jose Mourinho openly admitting that he wanted an attacking wide player.
Nevertheless, Woodward, during an address to club investors on Thursday, insisted he was pleased with the way United’s summer unfolded.
“We are pleased the club has made excellent progress on a number of fronts,” he said. “We’re pleased with our transfer business in the summer. We believe we have improved the balance and depth of our squad.
“We brought in three top players and added new contracts. We are well placed to challenge for trophies. These are very exciting times for Manchester United and we are excited for the season ahead and the future.”
Relatively speaking, United had a transfer window that befits their current position in the Premier League table. Manchester City spent more and brought in more players – something the exodus of key players made necessary – and the two clubs, as such, sit prettily on top of the tree and look settled already.
That said, buying lots of players is not synonymous with a successful transfer window. Just look at Everton.
What matters above anything is the mood surrounding a club during these crucial, ambiguous months. Liverpool, Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur all went through spells of scarcity, frustration, embarrassment and uncertainty – and that, in turn, has percolated into their campaigns to varying degrees.
And Woodward, with this in mind, can be pleased with the way he mediated over a smooth, controversy free summer at Old Trafford.