Manchester United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward will leave the club's pre-season tour for the second consecutive summer, reports The Manchester Evening News.
Woodward, who is currently in Los Angeles with Louis van Gaal and Co., is expected to leave the tour in the immediate future. The same report has suggested, however, that he will leave in order to deal with general business at the club.
Last summer, whilst United were on tour in Australia, Woodward left early in hope of completing 'urgent transfer business'. On that occasion, the executive vice-chairman seemingly failed in the transfer market, as the club only managed to land Belgian international Marouane Fellaini on the final day of the window.
Woodward has though recently assured fans that the club are ready to make more summer signings this summer, following the additions of teenager Luke Shaw from Southampton and Spanish ace Ander Herrera from Athletic Bilbao.
United have been linked with a number of players in recent time, with the same report insisting the club are still interested in Dutch duo Daley Blind and Stefan De Vrij, as well as Arsenal skipper Thomas Vermaelen.
It remains to be seen as to whether the club will step up their interest in the likes of Vermaelen and Co. in the near future, but fans of United will certainly be hoping Woodward makes progress on the transfer front in the coming weeks.
It's no surprise that Manchester United have been linked with a number of defensive signings of late after experienced duo Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic departed Old Trafford at the end of the Moyes era. Frenchman Patrice Evra's exit from The Theatre of Dreams was confirmed today, whilst Alex Buttner was also sent packing under the new regime.
Shaw has already been signed, but currently has a lack of competition for the first team in the left-back position. In central-defence, United only really have the likes of Phil Jones, Chris Smalling and Jonny Evans competing for places, meaning that position could be a key area to improve upon for the new United manager.
Manchester United fans will certainly be hoping the club land at least a couple more players in this market, as the club look to improve on last year's nightmare seventh place Premier League finish.
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