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Manchester United have a “clear vision” in terms of their transfer strategy and playing philosophy, according to executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward.

Mason Greenwood, Angel Gomes, Tahith Chong, James Garner and Brandon Williams have all featured for the first team under manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer this season and Woodward said the club is beginning to get back on track after six years of mixed results since Sir Alex Ferguson retired in 2013.

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While United made Harry Maguire the world’s most expensive defender, as they also spent £50 million on right-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka.

“We have a clear vision in terms of football philosophy and recruitment,” Woodward said as United announced first quarter revenue of £135.4m — up £0.4m on last year on year despite missing out on Champions League broadcast payments.

“The significant investments that we have made in recent years in areas such as transfers, recruitment infrastructure, analytics and our academy are already beginning to bear fruit.

“We are very proud to be shortly approaching a milestone 4,000th game featuring an academy player, and we are particularly optimistic regarding the considerable young talent currently coming through.

“Our ultimate goal is to win trophies by playing exciting football with a team that fuses graduates from our academy with world-class acquisitions.”

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