Former Manchester United winger Keith Gillespie believes that the resignation of executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward is no surprise and has told The Transfer Tavern that he deserves immense criticism for his pursuit of Jadon Sancho.
The Borussia Dortmund winger was the club’s first-choice target in the summer transfer window, per The Athletic.
Sancho would have cost around €120m (£103.7m) but United, per the report, did not expect the Bundesliga club to stand firm on that price.
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They did, and Sancho remained with Dortmund, where he has gone on to score six goals and lay on 11 assists in 23 league games.
Reports suggest United could go back in with another bid this summer and Gillespie believes that Woodward’s dithering has characterised the club’s transfer policy across the past few years.
He will stay in his role until the summer but he is not likely to be anywhere near the club’s recruitment plans in that transfer window.
Speaking exclusively to TT, he said: “Yeah it doesn’t surprise me at all, I think Man United fans have wanted him out for a long time.
“The transfer policy hasn’t been great over the last few years, the Sancho thing was just an absolute joke.
“If you know you’re not going to get him, or you know it’s going to take 10 million more, pay that, just don’t let it drag out and keep dragging all the way through.”
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