Solskjaer demanded the departures of nine players upon arrival at Old Trafford

Premier League Is currently in the midst of a full-scale rebuild

Manchester United‘s defeat to Newcastle United on Sunday was the latest painful chapter in what is becoming a book of horrors for supporters, yet nothing appears to change behind the scenes at the club, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer believed to have demanded the departures of nine players when he took the job on a full-time basis.

The summer transfer window was a mixed bag for the Reds, with three excellent footballers brought in, arguably the team’s best performers thus far this season, in Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Harry Maguire and Daniel James, but there was once again the feeling the team had been left woefully short.

Not a single midfielder was signed, despite the fact Ander Herrera left on a free transfer, and even before that exit it was abundantly clear that Paul Pogba simply had too much responsibility in that area.

United need to rebuild and Solskjaer saw that, with a 4-0 defeat at Everton signalling as much, however the Glazer family and Ed Woodward failed to deliver.

Only Romelu Lukaku was sold for any significant money, whilst Matteo Darmian, Antonio Valencia and Herrera departed on permanent deals.

Chris Smalling and Alexis Sanchez both left on loan for Serie A, however a number of other players didn’t leave.

Lukaku left without a replacement being signed, despite Solskjaer‘s public assurances that one would in fact join the club, and once again fans are left with the familiar feeling of Woodward-related angst.

Woodward, a qualified accountant by trade, was appointed in his post at Manchester United by being present at the club for a significant period of time, and by being at the right place at the right time.

He works in tandem with the equally inexperienced and ill-suited Matt Judge and Richard Arnold to deliver Manchester United‘s footballing targets and transfers.

Every single coach since Sir Alex Ferguson has lamented the fact they haven’t got the players they requested, and the common denominator in all those scenarios is Woodward‘s crack team.

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