I’m sure you’ve been busy sorting through your post lately, what with that letter from Jose and everything, but I hope you’ll find a few minutes to absorb the desperate appeals of a despondent fan.
You are obviously intelligent, highly successful businessmen, but having been a United fan for 60 years, just like my father before me and his father before him, I have never seen such a clueless pair effectively in charge of this sporting empire.
I completely understand that Woodward is a star in your eyes on the commercial front, and that’s obviously where he belongs. But thanks to Woodward and Van Gaal, the football side has descended into farce, and if this continues, the damage to the brand will be disastrous. The core values at United are winning and doing it with style – something United are a million miles away from at this point in time.
I don’t necessarily have the answers, as I wouldn’t know who could replace Woodward, but you clearly need a Director of Football to run the football side of the business, that being completely separate to the commercial side, and a football manager who understand the traditions and the expectations of arguably the greatest sports club in the world.
I personally don’t think it can get any worse. You have players on the pitch that look like they are barely trying – they pull out of tackles, they are completely devoid of confidence, and, a couple of exceptions aside, many of them have gone backwards under Van Gaal.
The reality is, if you continue like this for another 4 months, we will end up probably somewhere around 6th to 8th in the table, whilst City will most likely appoint Guardiola, cementing their status as England’s glamour club, with United sinking faster than the Titanic.
I have seen United as winners and losers in my lifetime. I have seen the greatest highs and the most crushing lows, but when all’s said and done, this has to be lowest point for me so far as a follower of Manchester United.
I sincerely hope you don’t procrastinate any longer, and do what is necessary right now. I doubt you’ll be requesting a copy of my CV, but I can assure you I would do a better job of running the football side of Man Utd than Mr Woodward.
Thanks for your time.