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"Specialist In Failure" - Ed Woodward Banner Flown Over Turf Moor Before Kick-Off

"Specialist In Failure" - Ed Woodward Banner Flown Over Turf Moor Before Kick-Off

Manchester United have endured a difficult start to the season, losing away to Brighton and at home to Tottenham in the last two games. While much of the blame has been directed at José Mourinho and his bizarre antics, clearly there are sections of the club's supporters unhappy with the role United's chief executive Ed Woodward in the current slump.

With the team playing away at Burnley this afternoon, a group of United fans have paid for a plane to fly over Turf Moor with a banner that reads 'Ed Woodward a specialist in failure'.

The phrase is a nod to the jibe Mourinho famously directed at Arsène Wenger a few years back. The use of a Mourinho quote on the banner could be interpreted as a show of support for the manager, while also lamenting Woodward's failure to back the club's boss during the summer transfer window.

The chief executive has been criticised in the past for his ineptitude in the transfer market, with his poor negotiation tactics and tendency to pay well over the odds for players the main source of frustration for United fans.

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The club have displayed massive financial growth during Woodward's tenure, with their share price reaching an all-time high in the past few weeks.

The 46-year old has a background in business, with his perceived lack of football knowledge the reasoning many have given for the lack of on-field improvements to go along with the commercial success.

However with the Glazer family said to be pleased with Woodward's work, it is unlikely we will see him depart the club any time soon.

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Gary Connaughton

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