It's been a pretty frustrating window for Manchester United fans thus far. Sure, the £80m signing of Harry Maguire was completed, a world-record for a defender, but its drawn-out nature meant the announcement was met with far more relief than any kind of joy.
And, since then, a number of big-name deals, such as Paulo Dybala, have been mooted and then booted from the agenda. Oh, and then there's the whole Bruno Fernandes fiasco. Yeah, to be honest, it's a bit of mess...if only United fans had someone to direct all this anger at?
Dear @ManUtd . I'm heartbroken. My beloved club has become a laughing stock all because of that man #Woodward. I'm watching the coming season as a neutral. I've no strength to witness the repeat of last season #WoodwardOut pic.twitter.com/XoMchM7efN— GloryBoy® (@OttisSnr) August 8, 2019
Bruno Fernandes is literally the only deal United can do to save this window and he's training in Lisbon whilst Ed Woodward is having an all dayer game of Uno with Ashley Young— The United Stand (@UnitedStandMUFC) August 8, 2019
Lunch time on #DeadlineDay— Michael Tunstall (@TFWriter) August 8, 2019
Ed Woodward walks out of McDonald’s empty-handed after he couldn’t agree a fee on a plain double cheeseburger and fries. The figure quoted was deemed too excessive.
Likely that he won’t eat today. #WoodwardOut
The floor is a midfield signing.— ™ (@TheFergusonWay) August 7, 2019
Ed Woodward: pic.twitter.com/dMV0gOKAf7
Hell, for every Bruno Fernandes - aka a signing Red Devils fans were desperate for - there was a Mario Mandzukic: a signing fans didn't want. But, naturally, that didn't stop them from moaning about it, because nothing stops anyone from moaning about everything these days.
Ed Woodward can’t even get the players we don’t want— LUKE (@_DAVlES) August 8, 2019
Amid all the moaning, though, there was some clear-eyed thinking. Some solutions proffered.
Announce Ole as player manager— A (@RazSterIing) August 8, 2019
To be fair to Ed Woodward (a sentence that will not result in me receiving any grief whatsoever, I'm sure), he has his reasons for these failed moves. And he's expounded on them articulately.
Ed Woodward explaining why he couldn't close deals for Dybala, Erikson and Bruno Fernandes. pic.twitter.com/SdOnXiWJOj— Take the ball ⚽ (@passtheball__) August 7, 2019
He also has a myriad of expert transfer tactics:
The most iconic moment of this transfer window, for me, was Ed Woodward pretending to be on the phone making deals when the cameras were on him in London, amid the Dybala rumours. He was doing fuckall the whole time. This guy is a showman. pic.twitter.com/hn9frMaRbJ— Josh (@_UtdJL) August 6, 2019
There was some respite, with the news that Romelu Lukaku would finally be joining Inter provoking plenty of tweets like this:
Icardi passes to Lukaku..... just the keeper to beat! pic.twitter.com/AleoUfOKGY— Elijah (@EliHndrxx) August 8, 2019
But mainly it was unadulterated (and melodramatic) despair. This is because, as you may or may not have heard, the 'club's finished!!!!'.
And to top it all off, Marcos Rojo is still at Old Trafford, leaving United with a billion centre backs.
Robbie, I think they've had enough.
Source : 90min