The Glazer family have never denied Sir Alex Ferguson transfer funds, insists Manchester United vice-chairman

Ed Woodward dismissed notions that the club's owners have been reluctant to support their manager after missing out on Brazilian ace Lucas Moura and Karim Benzema previously

Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has never been denied transfer funds by owners the Glazer family, revealed the club’s vice-chairman Ed Woodward.

Woodward, who runs the London-based commercial operation, denied that the Red Devils missed out on Brazilian starlet Lucas Moura due to a lack of resources and that servicing debt did not have an impact in the transfer market despite the Glazer’s floating ten per cent of the club on the New York stock exchange two months ago.

“The Glazers have never said ‘No’ to Sir Alex’s request for a player,” Woodward told The Independent.

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“There is no difference between staying as a plc [the corporate structure of the club pre-May 2005] or the Glazer takeover in terms of the team on the pitch.

“We do have a majority of very happy set of fans because of what happens on the pitch.

“The purchase of Robin van Persie was an example of Sir Alex buying players and always being allowed to buy players he wants.”

The Red Devils spent big in the summer with the capture of Van Persie for £24 million but Woodward dismissed reports missed opportunities in the market.

He added: “It can be a whole raft of reasons [that a player does not sign]. It can be the change in the players’ attitude through the negotiations. It can be an agent getting involved in a certain way that changes things. Or someone turning their head for a different reason, and all these things can happens.

“There was no secret about bidding for Lucas and three years ago trying to buy [Karim] Benzema.

“The money has always been made available to him.”

Woodward did, however, insist that there should be better lines of communication between the club and its fans, with just one interview given by joint chairman Joel Glazer since the takeover.

“I really hope that we can continue to communicate and get fans comfortable and demonstrate that we are financially strong by buying players,” he said.

“Obviously that helps so that they don’t feel concerned. They really shouldn’t be concerned.”