Fri. May 24th, 2019

Man Utd news: ‘Worst’ transfer decision Ed Woodward has made revealed by Craig Burley

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Craig Burley and Man Utd executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward

Craig Burley says the signing of Alexis Sanchez is Ed Woodward’s worst decision at Man Utd (Image: ESPN/GETTY)

That is according to ESPN FC pundit and former Chelsea midfielder Craig Burley.

Alexis Sanchez joined Manchester United from Arsenal in January 2018 in a straight swap with Henrikh Mkhitaryan.

The Chilean immediately became the highest paid player in the Red Devils’ history, earning a reported £500,000-a-week.

However, Sanchez’s time at Old Trafford has been nothing short of disaster.

It’s almost like he’s got to a point where the energy is not there anymore

Craig Burley on Man Utd star Alexis Sanchez

He has just three goals in 32 Premier League appearances and he has struggled with fitness and injury problems.

Burley says it is harsh to label Sanchez joining United as the worst transfer of all time.

But he claims the decision from Woodward to pay the 30-year-old as much as United are was a terrible piece of business.

“I’ve talked about Mesut Ozil being at times a £300,000-a-week headache for Unai Emery, and he has been this season,” Burley said.

“But what the hell is this guy now for Manchester United?

“And by the way shouldn’t the picture behind us be a still of Ed Woodward?

“As the worst chief executive-making football decision, maybe not money decisions, for his owners the Glazers, but football-making decision.

“What did we name this? ‘The worst transfer of all time’, we see the graphic at the bottom [of the screen].

“It’s a bit harsh I suppose, because there are a few.

“It could get better, it might get better next year, I don’t think so.

“It’s almost like he’s got to a point where the energy is not there anymore.

“That half a yard to get away from somebody, drop a shoulder, lose a marker, he hasn’t got that.”

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