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Manchester United told to replace Ed Woodward with former Chelsea transfer chief

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Former Arsenal and England striker Ian Wright has urged Manchester United to consider appointing former Chelsea transfer guru Michael Emenalo as director of football.

United have come under criticism for a largely quiet transfer window so far this summer, with the capture of Donny Van de Beek being the club’s only major piece of incoming business.

Amidst that, the start to the season has been extremely unconvincing following a defeat to Crystal Palace and a fortunate triumph over Brighton in the opening two matches.

That has seen pressure upon United, and Ed Woodward in particular, facing an increased amount of pressure heading into the final days of the window.

As a result, Wright believes a major change is required at the top and has suggested that Emenalo is the ideal man to take the helm.

“For me, and it’s blatantly obvious to me, you’ve got someone like Michael Emenalo who was at Chelsea,” Wright said on the Kelly & Wrighty Show.

“He won three Premier Leagues under three different managers, he’s won the Champions League, he’s helped oversee the loan system and the academy system at Chelsea. We’re talking about a director of football who knows exactly what he’s doing.

“We’re talking about under [Roman] Abramovich with three different managers and he still managed, because he’s a football man, to get the job done. What happened with Chelsea was that when we say ‘another manager’s come in’, but they’re still winning trophies.

“This is the thing because he’s put culture and [template] in where they can just put that player in, bring that manager in, and they can go forward and do it.

“That’s what Man United need and that is what they haven’t got and that is the elephant in the room.”

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