Man Utd insider sneers at internal appointments with Woodward, DNA jibe

Ed Woodward sits in stands at Manchester United. TEAMtalk

The recent internal appointments at Man Utd have raised questions, with one club insider taking a shot at the shake-up, according to a report.

Man Utd filled the role of Football Director for the first time in the club’s history with their appointment of John Murtough to the position.

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The restructuring continued with the news that former midfielder Darren Fletcher would assume the role of Technical Director.

Man Utd were seen by many as behind the times by failing to adopt the positions in recent years.

Much of the responsibility behind the scenes fell on the shoulders of Ed Woodward. The executive vice-chairman stressed the “progress” the club are making when speaking about the changes.

“These are hugely important appointments that reinforce the progress we have been making as a club in recent years in our relentless pursuit of success,” said Woodward.

Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s power at Old Trafford will reportedly be “undiminished.” As such, he will retain the ability to veto transfers foe example if he so desires.

However, the moves have not been met with universal acclaim.

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The Mirror cite one club insider who described the shake-up as “a case of moving the furniture around.”

“Did Ed Woodward mention DNA when the announcement was made?” the insider continued. “I thought he would because for some reason Ed seems to think that this mystical Manchester United DNA ticks every box.”

Man Utd passed over several more high profile external options for the position of Football Director.

The highly touted Ralf Rangnick and Edwin van der Sar were two prominent options who were overlooked.


Man Utd squad battle ‘won’t end nicely’

David de Gea; Dean Henderson TEAMtalk

Meanwhile, Former Manchester United goalkeeper Ben Foster has warned that the battle between Dean Henderson and David de Gea will not end nicely.

The pair remain in a fierce battle for the illustrious role of playing as United’s first-choice goalkeeper.

Long-term No. 1 De Gea has faced further criticism this term, but boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has kept his faith.

Nevertheless, No 2 Henderson has got his chance between the sticks of late. De Gea is in Spain to be with his newborn child and the 30-year-old will not return until after the international break.

As such, Englishman Henderson has four more games to prove his worth and perhaps keep his place after the break.

Speaking to Sky Sports News, ex-United stopper Foster lauded Henderson’s mentality to battle with De Gea.

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