After a disappointing start to the season falling to Swansea, United fans took to social media to vent their frustrations against the clubs owners and Executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward as #GlazersOut became a global trend overnight. United and LVG face a couple of away ties at Sunderland and Burnley over the coming weeks which could be a blessing in disguise, to be away from Old Trafford where they could notch up some wins and get the season kick started.
The manager has already stated that the club will not “panic buy” after opening day disappointment, yet rumours have surfaced this afternoon that “showdown talks” between LVG and Ed Woodward are to take place so it would seem all is not well between the two. However, when the manager started his role after the World Cup, he mentioned that he would take the time to assess his squad and look at all the players which could take him up to 3 to 4 weeks. So far, LVG has been at the helm for just under a month so I for one expect things to start happening over the next week or so in the transfer market, providing he has the backing of Woodward who still has massive question marks hanging over him from last summers disastrous transfer window.
In the next week I would expect to see several players leave, most likely Nani and Anderson with Fellaini and Hernandez also being at risk. Nani was so far below par on Saturday it was laughable and Hernandez looked lost in the 45 minutes he was given by the manager. Rumours of Fellaini heading to Napoli on a season long loan have surfaced again with the clubs only at loggerheads over an “option-to-buy” price in the deal. Anderson and Nani have been touted as being included in any deal to bring Argentine Marcos Rojo to the club, however the Portuguese seems unwilling to return to his former side.
Whatever happens though, it is clear that United cannot continue to deploy Ashley Young at left full back as it just doesn’t work as he was found wanting on both Swansea goals. In the middle, Herrera looked nervous but has clear talent and grew into the game as it progressed; many around me were surprised when his number went up instead of Darren Fletchers mid way through the second half. If United can get a battling midfielder in alongside the Spaniard that should really give him the freedom to release the likes of Januzaj, Mata, Rooney and RVP.
Let’s not forget though that this time last year Arsenal had lost their opening game of the season at home against Aston Villa and went on to lift a trophy at the end of May, with the big signing they needed; Mesut Ozil, coming in just before the deadline so there is still plenty of time for United to do their business. The relationship between Woodward and LVG is key if United are to push on and get their targets this summer and one which will need to be rectified quickly.
Fans won’t be appeased by one or two deals and will demand a big name / marquee signature, especially after the boasting interview Woodward delivered on tour stating United had money to spend and to “watch this space.” With season tickets sold out and the club pulling in numerous multi-million pound sponsorship deals, fans understandably feel aggrieved at the lack of re-investment so far. Let’s hope LVG can assert his authority over Woodward or I feel we could be seeing a few of those Green & Gold scarves being dusted off and brought back to the Theatre of Dreams.