Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Ed's Habit of Leaving It Late to Seal Deal

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Ed's Habit of Leaving It Late to Seal Deal

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ED Woodward's transfer modus operandi is now very clear, and is the reason why there could still be a few new club suits needed to be rushed from the tailors before United's squad fly to America on tour on Sunday.

Jose Mourinho will head to a Los Angeles training camp at UCLA next weekend to start preparations for his second campaign as Old Trafford boss. But executive vice chairman Woodward's only completed incoming piece of business has been the early capture of defender Victor Lindelof from Benfica for £30m.

United's support is growing more and more frustrated and angry that they might not be able to see any more new imports in the USA in the Reds' five warm-up matches across the pond.

But was it ever thus in the Woodward era as deal maker, with fans panicking and the executive vice chairman being castigated for a lack of action. The Woodward working blueprint suggests there is no reason for the anxiety, nor the need to erect the social media gallows for the United chief.

Forget his first summer after succeeding David Gill in 2013 as he got his feet under the negotiating table. It was a shambles - as then boss David Moyes dragged his feet before the late signing of Marouane Fellaini.

In 2014 things were better. Ahead of the tour to America three years ago United had signed Ander Herrera from Athletic Bilbao and Luke Shaw from Southampton. Both flew out for the opening match against LA Galaxy as Louis van Gaal's first signings.

There was a late glut of new arrivals as Angel Di Maria, Daley Blind, Marcos Rojo and Radamel Falcao arrived once the season was It was ever the fans Woodward castigated lack of under way.

Stuart But the real business transfer design kicked-in in 2015.

There was the early arrival of Memphis Depay from PSV Eindhoven to settle the incoming transfer nerves. As another USA tour approached the Dutch winger was looking like LVG's only new face on the plane. …

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