Kieran Maguire names new Man United CEO favourite and shares Big' summer transfer prediction

Man United will spend big in Ed Woodward’s last transfer window as chief executive. 

That is according to finance guru and Football Insider columnist Kieran Maguire, speaking exclusively about the outgoing 49-year-old Old Trafford powerbroker.

The Telegraph reported on 27 May that Woodward will still head up United’s transfer business before he leaves his post in December.

Woodward announced that he would quit the club in the aftermath of the European Super League debacle in April.

And Maguire predicts that the fallout from the ESL and Project Big Picture could lead the Glazers to sanction one last transfer bonanza in the Woodward era.

He told Football Insider correspondent Adam Williams: “I think the Glazers are looking for a safe pair of hands as their next chief exec, somebody that they know and trust.

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“So it’s likely to be an internal appointment with someone who has the focus on looking things from a financial perspective. 

“So I don’t see anything radically changing, especially if it is Richard Arnold, who is the favourite.

“What is more likely to be a radical driver of change is that Man United have scored own-goals in terms of being behind both Project Big Picture and the Super League.

“The Glazers have an awful lot of making up to do. So I think there’s a case for saying that the Glazers will take the hand off the brake in terms of recruitment strategy.

“They are also fully aware that Chelsea and Man City could spend big this summer, and they know they’ve got to keep up with them.”

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