Woodward Defends Man Utd Recruitment Policy

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Woodward Defends Man Utd Recruitment Policy

Manchester United's transfer strategy is now more "efficient and productive" than it has been in recent years, according to executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward, as he hit back at criticism surrounding the club.

The Red Devils have had an underwhelming start to the new season as they sit 12th in the Premier League after eight matches, just two points above the relegation zone.

But Woodward hit back at claims that United's priorities have shifted from silverware to commercial success, insisting that the recruitment department has improved.

“There is a myth that we have non‑football people making football decisions, and it’s insulting to the brilliant people who work on the football side in this club,” he said in an address to staff.

“Many of the senior staff on the football side of the club have been in their roles for over 10 years. Some of our scouts have worked with us for more than 25 years.

“We’ve expanded our recruitment department in recent years and we believe this now runs in an efficient and productive way.

"Player recommendations and decisions are worked on by this department and by the first-team manager and his staff, not by senior management.”

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