Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has never been denied transfer funds by the club’s American owners, according to vice-chairman Ed Woodward.

The Glazer family have been heavily criticised on a number of occasions in the past, with large sections of the Red Devils faithful believing finances have been withheld when it comes to the transfer market.

However, Woodward insisted that players like Lucas Moura were not missed because of a lack of financial resource, and that the Old Trafford chief has always been given complete backing when chasing a transfer target.

“The Glazers have never said ‘No’ to Sir Alex’s request for a player,” Woodward told The Independent, according to

“There is no difference between staying as a plc [the corporate structure of the club pre-May 2005] or the Glazer takeover in terms of the team on the pitch. We do have a majority of very happy set of fans because of what happens on the pitch.

“The purchase of Robin van Persie was an example of Sir Alex buying players and always being allowed to buy players he wants.”

Dutch international Van Persie signed for Manchester United in a £24 million deal this summer, joining Shinji Kagawa and Nick Powell as the latest additions for last season’s Premier League runners-up.

Other targets were missed, but Woodward insists it was for a number of reasons that don’t include a lack of finances.

“It can be a whole raft of reasons [that a player does not sign]. It can be the change in the players’ attitude through the negotiations,” he added.

“It can be an agent getting involved in a certain way that changes things. Or someone turning their head for a different reason, and all these things can happens.”

Woodward concluded by admitting that lines of communication between the Manchester United owners and fans should to be improved, although supporters have no reason to worry about the current situation at the club.

“I really hope that we can continue to communicate and get fans comfortable and demonstrate that we are financially strong by buying players,” Woodward concluded.

“Obviously that helps so that they don’t feel concerned. They really shouldn’t be concerned.”

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