Published On: Tue, Oct 8th, 2019

Man Utd were never going to close Man City or Liverpool gap because of Woodward – Jordan | Football | Sport

Manchester United were never going to close the gap on rivals Manchester City or Liverpool this season because they did not replace Romelu Lukaku in the summer, claims former Crystal Palace chairman Simon Jordan.

Lukaku left United to join Inter Milan in August, leaving Marcus Rashford as the only recognised senior striker in the Red Devils squad.

Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has confirmed he will be in the market for a striker in the January window.

But Jordan has questioned the decision of executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward not to back Solskjaer in the summer.

And he says that “ludicrous decision” meant closing the gap on City and Liverpool was not going to happen this term.

Jordan said on talkSPORT: “I don’t get the feel from Ole Gunnar Solskjaer that the expectation this season or the pressure that was going to build on him was going to come from above, in terms of there was a method or a mantra that was going to be put on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer that this team needs to be successful this season, this team needs to be this, this team needs to be that.

“Because otherwise, how do you explain not buying a centre-forward? Because I can’t understand that.

“You’re looking at Manchester United saying ‘okay, they haven’t got as good a manager as Man City, haven’t got as good a one as Tottenham, haven’t got as good a one as Liverpool, possibly not as good as Arsenal, debatable about Frank Lampard because we don’t know what he’s going to become at this moment in time, how was it ever going to be a situation where Man United were going to bridge any gaps?’.

“And at the same time, ‘we’re not going to give you the tools. We’re going to buy you a centre-half because it’s glaringly obvious that even the blandest of the bland can understand a centre-half is required and we’re going to sell your centre-forward because perhaps he’s toxic and he’s creating an environment inside the dressing room, but we’re not going to give you the tools to be able to compete’.

“It’s ludicrous, it’s ludicrous decision making from Ed Woodward or whoever’s making those decisions alongside him.”

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