Date: 10th May 2021 at 5:40am
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Barry Fry believes Ed Woodward receives criticism for his dithering approach in the transfer market, telling This Is Futbol that Manchester United have missed out on players because of his strategy.

Woodward announced his resignation last week amid the fallout from the proposed European Super League.

He will remain in his position as the executive vice-chairman at the club until the end of the season but transfers are likely to be handled by whomever United choose to replace him this summer.

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Woodward has been central to United’s recruitment in recent years and has had some major success, with the likes of Bruno Fernandes and Edinson Cavani enjoying exceptional spells at Old Trafford.

But the club have also missed out on targets, despite them being identified early on in transfer windows.

Just last summer, their chase of Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho proved fruitless, while there were also links with Jude Bellingham, who linked up with in Germany after leaving Birmingham City, and Jack Grealish, who also stayed put.

And Fry thinks Woodward has been criticised because of the decisions he has taken in the window.

He told TIF: “He’s had a lot of criticism from United people, in and around him, about his recruitment and how slow he’s been to sign some players, he’s left it too late. I think managers have given him their recruitment lists and it’s taken him too to get them signed up and they’ve lost a lot of players over the years because of that.

“So he’s always been criticised for that.”