EPL: Ed Woodward rates Man Utd’s chances of winning silverware after new signings


Manchester United executive vice-chairman, Ed Woodward, has expressed confidence that the club is ‘more confident than ever of securing silverware after strengthening the squad with major signings in the summer transfer window.

Man United spent in excess of £130 million on Cristiano Ronaldo, Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane before the transfer deadline.

The Red Devils last won silverware [Europa League title] in May 2017 under Jose Mourinho.

Speaking after the release of Man United’s annual earnings call ahead of their Premier League clash with West Ham on Sunday, Woodward revealed his ‘great optimism’ for the season ahead.

“It has been an exciting start to the season at Old Trafford, with capacity crowds in attendance for the first time in almost 18 months,” Woodward said.

“We were delighted to welcome back Cristiano Ronaldo to the club, along with Raphael Varane, Jadon Sancho and Tom Heaton, to further reinforce the progress that our first team has been making under Ole.

“These signings have demonstrated our continued ability to attract some of the world’s best footballers to Old Trafford, and our firm commitment to helping Ole deliver success on the pitch. Furthermore, we recently sold Dan James to Leeds for a fee of £25 million, plus add-ons.

“This was made possible by the strength of our operating model, with sustained investment in the team underpinned by robust commercial revenues.

“Everyone associated with Manchester United can be proud of the resilience we have shown through the challenges created by the pandemic and we look forward to the rest of the season and beyond with great optimism.”