Where does the real power lie at Old Trafford? Chief executive Ed Woodward has hardly covered himself in glory, but are the Glazer family - the club's owners - are doing their bit to help.
It is they who saddled Manchester United with a burdensome debt and caused an acrimonious split with fans. I believe they have held United back in recent years to the extent that the club languishes in prestige behind Real Madrid, Barcelona and Bayern Munich. This should not be forgotten even if Sir Alex Ferguson did reach a compromise. Subsequently, I question whether they have a love of the club in their hears or if they just simply see pound signs.
The Glazers must now be prepared to dig deep and give the new manager the required investment. It is not about winning the league, rather it is about being the powerhouse in Europe. The youngsters need time and some should be loaned out to get valuable experience.
It is the David Moyes' job to identify the players required, Woodward's job to do the business quietly and efficiently and the Glazers' job to put the club's interests above any possible financial gain for themselves. Only then will the club be in with a chance of being elevated back to where it rightly belongs. If any of these three are not up to the job, then they must be replaced.
Of course, this is all going to take time to gel but United must try to avoid what happened to Liverpool after 20 years of success and not let the tables turn at the top. They need to be challenging for the title and the Champions League, otherwise they could soon slip down the Premier League for good.
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