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Ed Woodward’s Manchester United transfers – ranked and rated

Sam Wallace: Premier League rivals will shed not a single tear for Ed Woodward After Ed Woodward’s departure and Super League crisis, will the Glazers sell? Ed Woodward was appointed vice-chairman of Manchester United in 2013 and has overseen the biggest transfers in the club’s history, including breaking the Premier League transfer record with the purchase of Paul Pogba. But many of the signings under Woodward’s watch proved to be expensive mistakes. After it was announced he would be leaving United at the end of the year – following the collapse of the European Super League – we rank his major signings from best to worst: Bruno Fernandes (2020, Sporting Lisbon) Portuguese midfielder galvanised United’s season when he joined them midway through the 2019/20 campaign. Initial fee of £47million was excellent work in the market and he has already increased in value. Zlatan Ibrahimovic (2016, free transfer) One of the best free-agent signings in the Premier League, having an instant impact on his team-mates and helping United win the EFL Cup and Europa League. His whirlwind spell in England ended with injury. Luke Shaw (2014, Southampton) Shaw’s £30m deal made him the world’s most expensive teenager and after a horrific leg-break and being sidelined by Jose Mourinho, he has fought his way back into the England squad and is a key player for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. Harry Maguire (2019, Leicester) The England centre-back became the world’s most expensive defender when he joined for £85m, following previous failed attempts to land him. He has been appointed United captain and has played in every Premier League game this season, and looks an important part of the team going forward.

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