Ed Woodward joins Manchester United in Belgium for Champions League qualifier

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Manchester United Executive Vice-President Ed Woodward is travelling to Belgium with the Red Devils for their Champions League qualifier against Club Brugge tomorrow under a deluge of criticism.

So far Manchester United have endured a mixed transfer window, having received praise for landing Bastian Schweinsteiger and Memphis Depay but also taking a hit after missing out on a host of top targets including Sergio Ramos and Pedro.

Woodward in particular has been attacked over the Pedro deal after the Daily Mail described the 'thrust' of his message to friends in a report this morning as: "Don’t worry, we have bigger targets. The Pedro thing will eventually be forgotten.’


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Manchester United fans were less than impressed that Pedro was allowed to join Chelsea when Woodward was in Barcelona to thrash out a deal, and now he's copping flak not only for his comments about the Spanish international but for his decision to travel to Belgium with the end of the transfer window approaching.

Recent reports have suggested that a move for Barcelona's Neymar could be on the cards and that Woodward is willing to spend £240 million to make it happen.

Despite that conveniently timed rumour Manchester United fans have taken to Twitter to vent their frustration at Woodward's decisions. One wrote after the news broke that Woodward would be travelling for the second leg tie against Club Brugge: "Why is Ed Woodward going to Belgium instead of trying to get some player business done? Incompetence? Arrogance?". Another fan added: "Why is Ed Woodward in Belgium ffs?"

Not amused

Manchester United fans weren't being duped by the Neymar rumour either, with one writing on Twitter: "Ed Woodward is just trying to save face and look less like an idiot having lost out on Pedro. But choosing to use Neymar? Hahaha"

So far this season the Red Devils have recorded two wins and one draw in the Premier League, but will be focused on securing qualification for the Champions League group stages tonight. They have a 3-1 advantage from the first leg and are heavy favourites to progress. Goalkeeper David de Gea hasn't travelled amidst more speculation about his future.

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