Man Utd transfer mistakes highlighted as Chelsea chief Marina Granoskaia picks up award

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Marina Granovskaia proudly took the prize of Best Club Director in European football at the Tuttosport ‘Golden Boy’ awards on Monday evening. And with the poor recruitment posed by Manchester United, who have suffered complete embarrassment in comparison to the Blues this season, it has highlighted the transfer mistakes the club have made during Woodward’s tenure.

Granovskaia attended the prestigious event on Monday after being nominated to win the award following Chelsea’s exploits in Europe earlier in the year.

The club’s smart recruitment – in which five players signed the summer prior started in the Champions League final victory over Manchester City – saw Granovskaia take all the plaudits to win the award.

Having joined Chelsea in 2013, the Blues have won two Premier League titles, an FA Cup, an EFL Cup, a Champions League and a Europa League in her time at the club.

And after the title claim – which comes whilst Chelsea sit top of the Premier League – it further highlights the poor job United are doing under Woodward’s expertise.

Whilst Chelsea have spent wisely on the likes of Thiago Silva, Romelu Lukaku and Kai Havertz within the last year-and-a-half, United have spent a similar amount on Jadon Sancho, Raphael Varane and Cristiano Ronaldo.

On paper, that may seem like a potentially better deal.

However, with Varane consistently having injury worries, Ronaldo faltering on the big stage and Sancho becoming ineffective, it may offer an insight as to why United would flourish with someone of Granovskaia’s knowledge.

Even the signings of Harry Maguire, Aaron-Wan Bissaka and Donny van de Beek – who at £41million, has played just 61 minutes of Premier League football this season – came to a total of around £170m.

And for that money, the three aforementioned Chelsea players could have been signed, which would undoubtedly have boosted United’s chances of winning a title.

Woodward has come under huge scrutiny during his time at the club and United legend Neville admitted this week that he had ‘failed in his football objectives’ and warned whoever fills his shoes when he leaves the club in the new year that they will need to assess the whole infrastructure of the club, including the coaches and recruitment department.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer became the fourth United boss to lose his job in eight years on Sunday following a turgid 4-1 loss at Watford.

He leaves the Red Devils languishing in eighth, with the futures of several big-name players such as Sancho and van de Beek up in the air after poor performances.

Solskjaer said an emotional goodbye after being dismissed over the weekend.

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“You know what this club means to me and what I wanted to achieve here for the club, for the fans, for the players, for the staff,” Solskjaer told MUTV.

“I wanted us to take the next step to challenge for the league, to win trophies and I only think it’s right that it comes from the horse’s mouth. I don’t want to answer all, there’s going to be journalists asking me about interviews but no, I’m not going to do any interviews.

“I want to get it out there, I’m going to leave by the front door, because I think everyone knows I’ve given everything for this club.

“This club means everything to me and together we’re a good match, but unfortunately I couldn’t get the results we needed and it’s time for me to step aside.”

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