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12th Feb 2016

Ed Woodward’s comments on transfers may worry Man United fans

Robert Redmond

Maybe a change in policy is needed?

Ed Woodward has given an insight into Manchester United’s transfer policy.

The club’s executive vice-chairman was defending United’s approach in the transfer market, and unfavourable comparisons with Leicester City.

The Foxes are currently five points clear at the Premier League, despite the first XI only costing £23million.

Whereas United are six points from fourth place, but have spent over £500million on their squad.

According to Woodward, Leicester have an advantage over United because they can buy players with potential and give them the chance to develop. United are shopping in a “different market” and their signings must be “verging on world class.”

During Alex Ferguson’s reign, United were famous for spotting and developing world class talent, but it appears they’re focusing on a new approach under the current regime.

NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 10: In this handout photo provided by the NYSE Euronext, Manchester United Executives Joel Glazer (2nd L) and Avram Glazer (C) and Ed Woodward prepare to ring the Opening Bell at the New York Stock Exchange on August 10, 2012 in New York City. Manchester United shares started trading at USD 14.05 at the opening of the New York Stock Exchange. (Photo Dario Cantatore/Getty Images via NYSE Euronext)

“Leicester is a fantastic reference point for everybody this year,” Woodward said during a conference call earlier this week with United investors.

“Some players are bought by other clubs with an eye to them developing into something special in a few years’ time.”

“Whereas there’s a bit more pressure on some of the other clubs to bring in players who are going to be hitting the ground running and top players verging on world class almost immediately.”

“So there is a slightly different market in which people are buying.”

Or maybe Leicester just have better scouts?