Manchester United have struggled without an executive.
While a manager is often credited for transfer coups - his presence and role as an icon in the game alone can influence a player like, no doubt, Sir Alex Ferguson was able to during his 26-year tenure at Old Trafford - he is not the sole person responsible for player acquisitions.
At Manchester United, David Gill - who Ferguson described as 'his boss' when Gill moved on from his CEO post earlier this year to join the club's board - oversaw the purchases of a number of ground-breaking, successful talents such as Robin van Persie, Nemanja Vidic and Wayne Rooney.
His ability and experience are currently missed, according to club legend Peter Schmeichel, who told the Manchester Evening News that Ed Woodward's succession to chief executive from Gill is 'hugely important'.
He added: '[It is very important] because there is a lot of football experience not there. It is a lot of football experience that David Moyes can’t play off against.'
It is impossible to fathom a Ferguson/Gill axis bumbling their way through a summer transfer market like Moyes/Woodward appeared to during their first business window together.
Much has been made over the failures to land priority targets such as Cesc Fabregas and the late signing of Marouane Fellaini is alleged to have been a 'panic buy'; a sentiment since fortified by the printed press due to the Belgium international's struggle to replicate his peak Everton form in Stretford.
Schmeichel believes Moyes needs to put his own stamp on the roster of United players but the only way to do that is move away from Ferguson side: 'he needs to have his own team,' he said. 'He's got to sign players… there's only one photograph of him signing a player.'
United have been linked with a number of top players as the club ready a recruitment drive during the mid-season market. Koke Resurreccion, Leighton Baines, Everton Ribeiro and Nemaja Matic have all been speculatively associated with big money moves… but are Moyes/Woodward experienced enough to pull off the deals?
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