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David Gill makes Ed Woodward admission, fans may not be surprised by this

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Former Manchester United CEO David Gill has made an enlightening admission about ex-chief executive Ed Woodward.

Since David Gill and Sir Alex Ferguson left Manchester United in the summer of 2013, things have been far from plain sailing for the Red Devils in the 11 years after this decision from the pair to leave the club.

United have gone through multiple managers with differing styles of play and have spent an obscene amount of money on player recruitment and that first Premier League title since Ferguson left the club remains elusive.

The club’s transfer strategy has been haphazard and one man in particular has received the most criticism about this, Ed Woodward.

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Replacing someone as powerful as David Gill was never going to be easy for Woodward, who was more into rugby than football, according to The Athletic.

Speaking on Rio Ferdinand’s Vibe With Five podcast, Gill was asked whether Woodward got in contact with him to ask for advice about the behemoth role he was about to take on.

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“Not a lot,” Gill revealed when asked if Woodward had asked for advice. “I was there if he needed it. I was available but I think he wanted to plow his own furrow and go in a different direction and he was comfortable in what he was doing at the club.

“There was a handover period with agents and things like that but I think he was comfortable with what he was doing.”

Woodward’s failure

The Englishman received a raft of criticism and this all seemingly culminated in the European Super League debacle which led to Woodward resigning from the club in 2021.

Richard Arnold took over, which was yet another internal appointment, but Omar Berrada, formerly of Manchester City, is now set to be the new CEO of the club in the summer.

Woodward’s time in Manchester will certainly not be remembered fondly at all and fans will struggle to move past the Super League catastrophe.

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