Ed Woodward’s dealings – or lack of them – in the transfer market, has made him a very unpopular figure with the club’s fans.
And they will scarcely be feeling more charitable towards the Executive Vice-President after learning that he was personally responsible for vetoing a move for one of the most exciting talents in Europe in January.
Erling Haaland was wanted by every club in Europe after scoring 29 goals in 27 appearances for Red Bull Salzburg. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer personally contacted his fellow Norwegian in December and had convinced him to come to Old Trafford.
However, when Woodward learned of the agents’ fees involved, he pulled the plug on the deal. He was also unhappy because Haaland’s representatives wanted to insert a release clause in his contract.
Instead, he signed for Borussia Dortmund and has since gone on to score 21 goals in 23 appearances for them in all competition.
Andy is an exiled English football fan living in Cyprus. He loves all sports but football is his abiding passion, and he still has dreams every now and then about scoring the winning goal in a Wembley Cup Final, even though his playing days are long gone. He follows most major leagues, across Europe at least, and has a favoured team in each. When he’s not watching, listening, reading or downloading podcasts about football, he spend his time worrying about his beloved Arsenal.