Woodward’s Man Utd transfer promise can be fulfilled with just two signings
Despite their inconsistent displays this season Manchester United have shown plenty of promise.
The positives started in the summer. Discarding Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez remains the right decision. Their failure to replace them was no so bright.
But under no circumstances should United hold on to players who don't want to stay.
The same principal can be used for Paul Pogba this summer. If he wants to go, let him go. He's barely featured this season anyway.
United then recruited three brilliant players in Harry Maguire, Daniel James and Aaron Wan-Bissaka. James's form may have tailed off recently but he remains a good signing.
Maguire is now captain of the club and Wan-Bissaka has looked world class defensively and is improving quickly going forwards – witness his cross for Anthony Martial's opener at Chelsea.
Despite their poor form before and in the month, United didn't panic in January and recruited well again. Bruno Fernandes looks a brilliant addition to this United side and should only get better in time.
But more importantly than all that United did well to stick with Solskjaer when times got rough. His philosophy is working, even if he's not the best tactician.
United are close to what they want and so they must continue this trend and buy smart in the summer once again.
"Our own long-term plan is underpinned by the enduring strength of our business, which provides us with the funds and the confidence to keep investing in our team and in our facilities," said Woodward on Tuesday.
"This season is one of rebuild with many changes to the squad in terms of players who have left or gone out on loan, new players we have brought in to the club or academy graduates we have brought into the team.
"This process will continue as we implement our plan and footballing vision under Ole and his coaching staff.
"Despite being linked to 111 players in January signing just one of them, Bruno Fernandes was an important step in that direction, demonstrating our commitment to bringing in experienced world class recruits to the exciting crop of academy graduates.
"We will take the same planned disciplined approach this summer."
Ah, Woodward's transfer promise: rebuild in the summer. United may well go on to sign four players, but only two would be needed to fulfill this dream.
Jadon Sancho is one. Not only a marquee signing but one that would provide a solution to United's right-wing problem. He also fits Solskjaer's profile of being young and British.
A front three of Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial and Sancho – with Bruno Fernandes just behind – doesn't sound bad at all.
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