Man Utd chief Ed Woodward explains truth on what really happened with Phil Jones in stands | Football | Sport


Manchester United slipped to a 2-0 defeat against West Ham earlier this month, but an incident in the crowd caught the eye of spectators.

The Red Devils’ executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward was seen turning around and making a stern comment while watching from the stands, while Phil Jones was sat behind him.

Woodward has now claimed that he wasn’t involved in a conversation with Jones, but instead with club secretary Rebecca Britain.

“Phil was talking about whether decisions were offside or not,” he explained in an interview with United We Stand.

“There was a foul and I turned around to Rebecca Britain, our club secretary [and said] ‘Was that a yellow card on him? [Issa] Diop?'”

Woodward decided to clear up the incident after fans thought they saw their defender getting told off, which wasn’t the case.

The 47-year-old also spoke about the club’s recent poor form ahead of the draw against Liverpool, and made a judgement about the failure to secure Champions League qualification last time out.

When asked why their recent form has been so poor, Woodward said: “I can’t deny that, [Ole Gunnar Solskjaer] can’t deny that and everyone is putting their hands up.

“But I also spoke to some of the players at the end of the season and they said it was the hardest season they had experienced.”

When asked why the players had struggled, he added: “A tough first phase in terms of the environment they were in and a huge amount of media scrutiny.

“Then there was a fantastic run when Ole came in as caretaker.

“Then there was the ‘when is Ole going to get the job?’ stage with more scrutiny which evolved into a time when it didn’t work in terms of what the players were delivering on the pitch.

“That mental and physical situation shattered them.

“Ole had switched them almost immediately into playing a more dynamic style of football, of one pass through the middle not multiple passes, ball possession but counter attack at pace.

“That created an increased level of load that the players were not ready for.

“The decision to appoint him wasn’t based on Champions League qualification.”

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