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An Open Letter From An Avid Manchester United Fan To Mr. Ed Woodward

Manchester United, Ed Woodward, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

Mr Ed Woodward, Manchester United club executive

I hope everything is okay with you. And, I thank you for taking the time out to read my letter on a hectic business day. I am not happy to write this letter out, but still, it’s an absolute disheartened fan of Manchester United who wants to sum up his frustration. The frustration and discontent is not the only mine, but it is also the frustration of the hardcore Red Devils fan.

As an individual, I have entrenched Manchester United in my DNA by watching on the television sets. Staying in an Asian country means we have to watch the match at midnight for most of the season. Even though I was getting scolded from my parents, I ensured that I don’t miss a single game. (PS: I started following Manchester United and football from the final season of Sir Alex Ferguson at the helm). During these hours, I have seen the highs and lows of Manchester United.

As a bitter season of 2018-19 has ended, there is discontent among the fans. It is not only the frustration and anger among us because of utter shambolic performances, but it’s also because of the success of the cross-city rivals Manchester City and Liverpool. Even though we hold the cards over the Cityzens, in recent times we have failed to carry forward those. Below table shows the latest stats of the cross-city rivalry:


The difference in the points

2015-16 Level on points
2016-17 9
2017-18 19
2018-19 32

These data indicate that how big void is left behind between Manchester City and us. We used to surpass them with ease, but at present, we are finding it difficult to compete with them. This shows how much gap we have to bridge to reach the same heights as we used to reach under Sir Alex Ferguson.

I will never doubt your financial brilliance. It is because of your business trait; the club has amassed a staggering growth of 62% in the football field. This also refers to how much we love the club, breathe the club and have incorporated the club in our blood. Also, we are interested only in the club doing business on the pitch and not off the pitch. You have also facilitated the Glazers to drain out £1 billion out of the club through the means of interests and dividends. Even the Glazers daughter, who has never been to Old Trafford, gets a dividend for doing nothing.

Coming to the managerial front of the club, we’ve had four managers in 6 seasons. Ever since the retirement of Sir Alex, let alone winning the Premier League, we have had only two finishes in the top four. These finishes show how much we have fallen as a club.

With the club generating loads of profit, we urge you to appoint a director of football for the club who knows better football. Even if it is painful to compare ourselves to clubs like Barcelona and Manchester City, the director of the football strategy has worked for them. The director of football has brought the club philosophy and also has helped them to continue the philosophy.  We also urge you to sign the best talent available in the market regardless of the club securing Champions League spot.

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A director of the football not only helps you to focus on a finance deal, but he will also help the club to get a proper structure. When Sir Alex was at the helm, we had David Gill who knew what Manchester United needed to be at its very best in the Premier League. We have to wake up now and bring a sense of change in the club.

I am delighted that you appointed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as our manager. He has the tradition of Manchester United running through his veins. It is disappointing for him to see the current situation of the club which is fighting to secure a Champions League spot. I expect you to back him in the current transfer window unconditionally who is trying to bring the club back to its shape and prime days.

There is a big dent on our pride as being the supporters of Manchester United. There has to be some sense of responsibility following a dismal season where we scored a sub 70 points in the Premier League. As fans, we can’t bear a few more barren years in the English top-flight, and we want our club to fight for the major honours.

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We have lost much of our money in just appointing new managers and sacking them. I hope this will not be the same case for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. We request you to give him a long run and a financial backing to sign the best of talents in the transfer windows. If you ensure these two things, it will provide fans with a sense of confidence to support the club under any circumstances.

I thank you once again for taking the time out of your busy schedule. We hope that there will be changes in the fortune both on and off the pitch in 2019-20 season,

With Regards,

Varun Aithal

Varun Aithal
A hardcore Manchester United who started supporting Red Devils post-Fergie era. Hoping someday, some year, Manchester United will find a way back to its glory days. "Engineer by profession, Manuncian by passion"

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