Ed Woodward has a serious issue at Man United as Sancho alternative makes it clear he’s not interested

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There’s no definitive guide in terms of how to be successful in negotiations in business or in football, but if you do the opposite of what Ed Woodward would do then you’re probably on the right track.

Some will argue that his glacial tactics worked with Bruno Fernandes who eventually moved to Old Trafford from Sporting Lisbon, but that situation is totally different from Jadon Sancho.

Moving to Man United was clearly a step up for Fernandes and Sporting always sell their best players, so there was a sense of inevitability about that one.

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The situation with Sancho is very different, and it looks like his famous tactics of dragging things out and making a lower offer won’t work this time:

Obviously any well run football club would simply turn to their alternative option here and get that deal sorted out to improve the squad, but it will surprise few fans to hear that it’s not that simple with Man United.

Mundo Deportivo reported that Ousmane Dembele has emerged as the alternative for United, but he actually turned down the move ten days ago and their sources at the club have confirmed that nothing has changed there.

All of this leaves Woodward with one almighty problem because he’s left himself over a barrel in any negotiations, while poor performances on the pitch and some very negative PR have just made things worse.

Clubs will be rubbing their hands with glee if United come calling for any players because they know they can overcharge as desperation starts to sink in, so it’s hard to see how Woodward comes out of this with any credit.

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  1. Seriously why would Dembele want to join United or why would Ole want him? Dembele is a very good player, but is bound to be insulted as being cast as a “second choice”, we only want you because we can’t get Jadon. And why would Ole want a player who would have to be (or in some publications has been) convinced to join United. Ole has publicly stated he only wants players who WANT to be here and he would ( if he can) move on those who don’t. Woodward has made a complete mess of this window and has been upstaged by so many other CEO’s of other clubs, who could teach him how to get the players you NEED at a respectable price.

  2. The players MU want won’t come because they know that the manager isn’t going to win trophies – it’s a simple calculation from people in an industry who only have a very short time at the top

    1. It’d be possible God bless us with Cups for Ole I pray I believe in God that we shall win cups of these season maybe God bless us we Manchester United.

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