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Ed Woodward releases statement on Manchester United resignation but ignores Super League controversy


The departing chairman made no mention of the failed breakaway league (Picture: Getty)

Resigning Manchester United chairman Ed Woodward is convinced he has left the club with the foundations needed to win the Premier League, though he made no mention of the European Super League as he confirmed his departure.

The executive vice-chairman will step down from his role at Old Trafford at the end of 2021 amid backlash from fans, players, governing bodies and even politicians over the club’s participation in a breakaway competition.

Manchester City and Chelsea have already decided to back out of the Super League following the outrage and, just 48 hours after its inception, the competition is already on the verge of collapse.

Fans have been united in their outrage over the Super League plans (Picture: Getty)

Woodward appears to have paid the price for the controversial Super League plans, though United insist he was planning to step down anyway, and he made no reference to the controversy in his leaving statement.

‘I am extremely proud to have served United and it has been an honour to work for the world’s greatest football club for the past 16 years,’ said Woodward, who joined United in 2005 before taking up his current role in 2012.

‘The club is well positioned for the future and it will be difficult to walk away at the end of the year.

‘I will treasure the memories from my time at Old Trafford, during a period when we won the Europa League, the FA Cup and the EFL Cup. I am proud of the regeneration of the club’s culture and our return to the Manchester United way of playing.

‘We have invested more than £1billion in the squad during my time here and I am particularly delighted with the progress the players have made under the astute leadership of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and his coaching team in the last two years.

‘I am sure that with the changes we have made on-field and to the coaching and football staff in recent years this great club will soon be lifting silverware again. It deserves to.

‘I desperately wanted the club to win the Premier League during my tenure and I am certain the foundations are in place for us to win it back for our passionate fans.

‘Our world-famous academy is flourishing again, with 34 players progressing into the first team since 2013, and it has been a pleasure to watch talents such as Marcus Rashford, Mason Greenwood and Axel Tuanzebe flourish in the first team environment. In the years to come the club’s production line of young talent will continue to push established first team players for their places. That competition bodes well for the future.

United failed to win the Premier League during Woodward’s reign (Picture: Getty)

‘We have also established Manchester United women and their progress is further evidence of the demand for success at this great club.

‘The last 16 months have brought so many unique challenges and the club’s work in the community and around the world during the Covid-19 pandemic has been heroic.

‘The financial impact on football clubs has been severe, but United have been one of the most robust and resilient in the face of extraordinary financial pressures.

‘I would like to thank United’s passionate fans for their support during the good and bad times. I know this has been a challenging period in our history, but your support for the team has never, ever been in doubt.

‘Finally, it has been a pleasure to work with so many magnificent, talented and hard-working people.’


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