United chief Woodward leaves Australia in a hurry
Premature departure from pre-season tour comes on the day club confirmed a Chelsea bid for Wayne Rooney was rebuffed
Wayne Rooney (left) has seen an approach from Chelsea and Jose Mourinho (right) rebuffed from Manchester United. Photograph: Getty Images
It is not clear what deal Woodward might be needed to work upon but it’s understood he told United officials of his immediate departure whilst they were at Wednesday’s State of Origin match at ANZ Stadium.
Woodward was not at the game but will instead land in Europe at some point on Thursday. The development is hugely significant given Woodward was due to return home on Sunday anyway, rather than fly on to Japan for the next leg of United’s five-match tour.
Whilst it is not known where Woodward is going to, or which deals he is going to be working on, it will not stop intense speculation about his plans.
United remain confident of securing the services of Cesc Fabregas despite Barcelona’s insistence the player wants to remain at the Nou Camp.
Senior figures within the Red Devils camp are of the opinion Fabregas wishes to join them, although it may take more than the €30 million they bid for the player earlier this week.
There is an acknowledgement at United that the massive shake up during the summer, with the departures of both manager Alex Ferguson and chief executive David Gill have left the club with a bit of catching up to do in the transfer market.
Thus far, the only signing of the summer has been Uruguay Under-20 defender Guillermo Varela, who has not even reported for duty yet.
Thiago Alcantara and Kevin Strootman, who were both strongly linked with United, have opted to join Bayern Munich and Roma respectively, leaving Moyes still needing to sign the additional midfielders he believes are required.