Paul Ince questions Man United chief Ed Woodward after West Ham loss

‘They need to look at Ed Woodward… what is his position?’: Paul Ince questions Manchester United chief as former midfield general says club ‘lack direction’

  • Man United suffered another defeat as they were beaten 2-0 by West Ham
  • Chief Executive Ed Woodward has come under fire as United show no progress
  • Former midfield general Paul Ince is the latest to criticise the Old Trafford chief
  • Ince said that Chelsea already have a clearer vision under Frank Lampard 

Paul Ince has slammed Manchester United chief executive Ed Woodward after the club displayed another underwhelming performance on the weekend. 

United were comfortably beaten 2-0 away to West Ham in what was a miserable afternoon for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side. 

And while in years gone by, the manager would be on the receiving end of the majority of criticism, fans are beginning to turn on club chief Woodward. Since taking over as chief executive, Woodward has overseen a poor spell at the club, having hired and fired three managers. 

Paul Ince has called into question the role of Manchester United chief executive Ed Woodward

United suffered another humiliating result on the weekend, losing 2-0 away to West Ham

Ince has added to a growing list of pundits and former players to slam the former JP Morgan man. In his column for Paddy Power, the 51-year-old laid out a plan for what Manchester United need. 

‘What United need is someone who knows where to find Manchester United players, where the hidden gems are, and knows how to get them,’ he said. 

‘Because, currently, United are being held to ransom. Harry Maguire is a terrific player, but £80million? They’re being forced to pay over the odds to get top players. 

‘United probably need to hire four or five people who can go out and start building blocks. It might take a year or two, but at least they’d be moving forwards.’

Ed Woodward has come under fire for his tenure as chief executive at Old Trafford 

Fans are growing impatient with the club chief instead of manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

Ince also called into question the role of Woodward, the man responsible for spending the money at Old Trafford. 

‘They also need to look at Ed Woodward, what his position is, and what he’s doing to get the club going in the right direction.’

The Guvnor drew comparisons of United with Chelsea who, under new boss Frank Lampard, are entertaining fans at Stamford Bridge with a vibrant, young side, that may not always get positive results. 

Ince said that United need a clear vision as seen at Stamford Bridge with new boss Lampard

‘I think of Ole in the same way as I do Frank Lampard,’ Ince said. ‘Two young managers, lacking experience, thrown into two massive clubs. But if you gave me the choice of who I’d rather be watching this season, it’d be Chelsea all day long – and that hurts me as a former United captain.’

‘At least when I look at Chelsea, I see what they’re trying to do, the way they play, their identity – they’re pressing high, getting tight, and creating chances. They can only get better.

‘Can anybody tell me what United are trying to do? Because I have no idea. They’re so reliant on the young lad Daniel James – who is brilliant, but was in the Championship with Swansea last season – it’s crazy.’

United will be hoping to bounce back from their West Ham misery as they return to action on Wednesday when they face Rochdale in the Carabao Cup


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