Ed Woodward had ‘tears in his eyes’ reading tweets from angry Man Utd fans
Manchester United executive vice-president Ed Woodward is said to have had ‘tears in his eyes’ reading tweets from angry fans at club’s lowest level in 2019, Anderlecht manager Michael Verschueren said after spending time with the leader of Old Trafford.
Spring 2019 saw the feel-good factor of the start of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s reign quickly wear off and United were in disarray as the poor results fueled the start of the 2019/20 season.
While United took months to secure Harry Maguire’s signing and failed to strengthen themselves in other key areas of the pitch, Woodward has borne the brunt of fan fury for the club’s stagnation. Even his family home was targeted at one point as angry supporters sought to oust him from Old Trafford.
Woodward is also seen by many as the public face of the hated Glazer family, whose profits have drained the club of potential funds and wasted resources to shareholder dividends.
United’s structure is seen as inefficient and lacking when it comes to football operations and it has long been questioned whether Woodward, a man whose skills and expertise lie in business and corporate affairs, is the right fit. to continue to lead the sports side.
This question is still relevant today, despite United’s great improvement over the past 12 months. But when the going got tough, Woodward personally suffered the backlash.
“Two years ago, I was accompanied by Ed Woodward, the CEO of Manchester United, who was going through a sports crisis at the time,” Verschueren told Belgian newspaper HLN, shared in English by Sport Witness.
“He showed me the fan tweets ‘Look Michael, how cruel the fans can be’ – tears were in his eyes. Today Manchester United is [among] the leaders of the Premier League.
“I texted Woodward a few days ago to congratulate him. He texted me saying, ‘You know how difficult the trip has been.’ “
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