ED WOODWARD has been described as “arrogant” and too “matey”, according to reports.
The Manchester United executive vice chairman has attracted much of the criticism after Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement from the helm at Old Trafford in 2013.
After Louis van Gaal’s United beat Everton in the 2016 FA Cup semi-final, Woodward curiously texted the record-breaking goalscorer.
According to The Athletic, he said: “Hi Wazza. Loved the game.”
Some see this as a sign he was too close to the players, while several other allegations have been levelled at the Essex native.
He has also been accused of overpaying for players and rewarding others — such as Alexis Sanchez and Angel Di Maria — with massive contracts, while they just have not performed.
And when put under pressure during tense meetings, The Athletic report that Woodward has told colleagues: “Do you know who I am?”
Woodward, 47, has overseen a horrendous slump in United’s fortunes.
After being Premier League champions in 2o12-13, the club have finished seventh, fourth, fifth, sixth, second and sixth in the table.
And they are currently 12th under boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who is under massive pressure already after two wins and three defeats this term.
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Under Woodward, the club have seen some success, winning the FA Cup, Europa League and League Cup, but that elusive Premier League triumph remains a distant dream.
With Solskjaer’s Red Devils currently five points off a Champions League place and 15 points behind 100 per cent starters Liverpool — who they play next — he could not be under more pressure.
United did have some positive news that Paul Pogba could be fit to face the Champions League winners amid reports of a toe fracture.