Manchester United could well finish outside the top 4 of the Premier League for the 2nd time in 3 seasons if their neighbors Manchester City take a point from their trip to Swansea. Given the club’s rather unpleasant fall from grace since the retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson, it is understandable that the hierarchy at the club is looking to have a major overhaul in the coming transfer window in order to bring back the glorious days.
The club has already lost out on key players like Renato Sanches and Mats Hummels who have agreed moves to Bayern Munich. The club’s chief Ed Woodward had a few words to say about the club’s transfer strategy recently.
Woodward said: “I have to say it has become more competitive. It became more competitive when Chelsea had a change of ownership 13 years ago, it obviously got more competitive when Manchester City changed ownership about five years ago.
Woodward said “The last round increase [of TV rights money] was 70 per cent domestically, obviously we’re in the last year of that cycle, and visibility into the next year’s cycle from domestic money going up by a similar percentage, obviously makes all the other clubs more competitive in the Premier League. But I think the way we view it is that we know we have strengths and we have to focus on giving ourselves the best chance in every single area of the club that we can.Yes that’s the academy, but it also means in recruitment, in means the coaching staff, it means having the best medical department, sports science facilities, etc etc. It’s trying to get the extra one per cent from all of those areas that influences and impacts the first-team.”
With the market for international superstars reaching a new level of competitiveness, Woodward has assured that the club has invested heavily in developing more and more home grown players. The results are there for everyone to see as the likes of Marcus Rashford, Jesse Lingard and Borthwick-Jackson have emerged.