Woodward, United’s executive vice chairman, has been like Father Christmas to the likes of Louis Van Gaal and Jose Mourinho in recent seasons.
Both had carte blanche to spend whatever they wanted, but the problem is that some of the signings didn’t work and have left United with more rebuilding to do this close season.
Now, caretaker boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be hoping he is the next one to benefit from Woodward’s generous handling of the club’s sizeable purse strings.
The duo have held regular discussions about possible targets as United look to get back to the top of domestic and European football.
What is clear to both of them – and their millions of supporters around the globe – is that once again United unbalanced squad of wonderful attacking threat but mediocre talent in the midfield and defensive areas.
It remains to be seen how much United spend once again, not least now the genuine prospect of signing Real Madrid’s Gareth Bale has reared it’s head again.
But United need a top class midfielder who can run, influence and change the game. Paul Pogba cannot do this all on his own, week in and week out.
United also need a centre back to compliment the ever improving skills of Victor Lindelof and a proven right back.
United’s need for new signings comes amid news that:
United are long time admirers of Tottenham’s Toby Alderweireld and are expected to look at signing him again.
But Alderweireld is now 30, would cost in the region of £26m and would have little resale value, something United bosses place great store in.
An alternative option would be to go back to Leicester and see what it would cost to lure England World Cup star Harry Maguire to Old Trafford.
Atletico Madrid’s Diego Godin is also a possible target.
United are also tracking Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Adrien Rabiot, who is a free agent at the end of the season.
The French international has a poor relationship with PSG boss Thomas Tuchel, who suspended him until the end of this month after he went nightclubbing in the wake of United’s win in Paris in the Champions League.
It’s safe to say Rabiot will be leaving PSG at the end of this season and United are in a strong position when it comes to offering him big wages.
Bale, along with Antoine Griezmann, remains constant targets of United, while reports United are interested in new England sensation Jadon Sancho refuse to disappear or be denied at Old Trafford.