Ed Woodward breaks silence after Man Utd resignation with exit set for late 2021

Ed Woodward’s resignation as Manchester United executive vice-chairman is confirmed.

The Red Devils chief will step down at the end of the year with his decision coming amid the controversial European Super League proposals.

Twelve clubs, including United, had announced their intention to start a new league from August.

Though it received a backlash from supporters, pundits, and even managers involved with the clubs.

And Woodward has now decided to step down at Old Trafford with the new league seeming to be collapsing.

A statement from the departing boss read: “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.

“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 £1bn 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."

Woodward had already stepped down from his role on UEFA’s Professional Football Strategy Council earlier this week.

It’s believed the 49-year-old was always planning on leaving United at the end of the year, though the announcement has been brought forward.

Woodward had played a major role in securing the takeover at Old Trafford by the Glazer family in 2005.

He has been heavily criticised since replacing David Gill as chief executive in 2013 with United having not won the Premier League since the same year.

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