Rio Ferdinand has issued a public call to Manchester United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward about the club’s business this summer.United have signed midfielder Fred from Shakhtar and Diogo Dalot from Porto, but continue to be linked to some targets as the end of the transfer window nears.However, Jose Mourinho has been left disappointed by his side’s transfer strategy and put pressure on Woodward to sign the players he wants or risk another underwhelming season for United . Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! The Old Trafford side have been in a long, difficult pursuit of Tottenham centre-back Toby Alderweireld and look set to finalise the signing ahead of Thursday’s transfer deadline. Goal understands Alderweireld has agreed to join United but is waiting for the London side to find a replacement for him.Meanwhile, Chelsea’s Willian has suggested he could still be on the move to Manchester , stating that he wants to work with Mourinho again.Despite rumours linking Paul Pogba with a move to Barcelona or Juventus, Goal understands that United are unwilling to allow the Frenchman to leave in the summer window.With all the speculation around comings and goings, Ferdinand has decided now is the time to speak out about United’s dealings before Thursday’s deadline, offering Woodward some valuable advice.”Don’t you dare allow this ED,” he tweeted. “[Man Utd] is Pogba’s home!! Silence these rumours ASAP & get [Alderweireld] through the door.”Premier League sides have until August 9 to complete summer transfers before the campaign begins, with United kicking it off against Leicester City at Old Trafford on Friday.
zoom North American ports need to adapt to changes in customer demand and future industry trajectory, according to port and terminal operator APM Terminals.Speaking at the Journal of Commerce’s annual Port Performance North America conference, APM Terminals head of Hub Terminals, Jack Craig spoke about the challenges ahead for North American ports and how they compare to other ports in the world.“The customer landscape has changed and become much more competitive. We as an industry need to work together, adapt and respond or watch the cargo move elsewhere,” Craig said.The vessel alliances now reshaping the industry have been a success for ocean carriers and their quest for cost savings, asset efficiency and economies of scale.“Larger alliances, larger vessels and larger port call volumes per ship are a catalyst to improve performance at ports. The newly widened Panama Canal and heightened Bayonne Bridge in the Port of New York/New Jersey create new opportunities for larger ships plying the US east coast trade – and creates new demands on port infrastructure, port operations and all the stakeholders in the supply chain,” Craig continued.With the lower bunker prices of recent years, terminal costs have now become the highest cost for liner operators, which creates increased pressure on terminal margins “as our customers are expecting us to find ways to help them reduce costs year over year.”“Given the inflationary pressures built into large portions of a terminal’s cost base, this requires different thinking to remain competitive,” Craig informed.He also talked about the role of technology in the ports business in the context that every industry is using technology to improve the customer experience, create a safer working environment and improve competitiveness.“We can do this in a responsible way with our partners to grow the business, improve productivity and reliability for our customers and ensure the port industry business model is viable short and long term,” Craig concluded.