Ed Woodward says it's a 'myth' that he uses YouTube to scout new Man United players

Ed Woodward has come under plenty of criticism.

Ed Woodward hasn't had the most successful stint in charge of Manchester United.

The former investment banker rose to the top at the club in 2013 after David Gill stepped down, meaning Woodward has overseen the entirety of the post-Sir Alex Ferguson era.

And that hasn't been a particularly productive one.

United have consistently bought badly in the transfer market while they're also on their fourth permanent manager in that time.

Woodward's first window saw one arrival - Marouane Fellaini from Everton for £27.5m, a player wanted by new manager David Moyes.

United and Woodward have tried everything under the sun since then, be it Louis van Gaal's strict philosophy, signing big-money superstars, or their current youth project under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

It's all led to a lot of pressure on Woodward by those who believe he has too much control and doesn't know what he's doing.

It doesn't help when Jose Mourinho is openly talking about only signing Fred last year because he didn't believe United would sign an alternative.

But Woodward has come out and claimed that he actually has far less input than people claim.

Ed Woodward rose to the top after Sir Alex Ferguson left.

And he also moved to dispel one wild rumour - that he signs players after watching them on YouTube.

"I don’t get involved in recruitment like people think I do," he told fanzine United We Stand, per the Metro. "There’s a myth that I look at YouTube and choose players - I don’t.

"Having an eye for players is an art. I have no interest in doing that.

"I just want to have a disciplined process because if you are spending a lot of money on a player you have to make sure you get more right than wrong.

Harry Maguire is the latest big-money signing.

"Where I get involved is that I have to sign off the money, yet when you have target one, two or three from your process I feel fine going after the No.1 target and, if it’s not to be him, then number two or three."

You have to imagine he's telling the truth, particularly about that YouTube rumour.

But then it does beg the question - why, if the process is so well thought, does it keep going so wrong for United?

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