Ed Woodward resigned from his role at the club on Tuesday night.
Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer reportedly cut a conversation with Ed Woodward short prior to the Burnley game after the executive vice-chairman confirmed reports of the European Super League were true.
Manchester United officially announced Ed Woodward’s exit from his role as executive vice-chairman on Tuesday night with Woodward set to leave his position at the end of 2021.
According to The Athletic, Ed Woodward confirmed reports of the European Super League to Solskjaer once the team sheets had been handed in for Manchester United’s game against Burnley on Sunday.
Solskjaer is said to have cut the conversation short to concentrate on preparing for the game which United ended up winning 3-1.
Ed Woodward confirmed reports of the European Super League to Solskjær once the team sheets had been handed in for #mufc’s game against Burnley on Sunday. Solskjær is said to have cut the conversation short to concentrate on preparing for the game #mulive [@TheAthleticUK]
— utdreport (@utdreport) April 21, 2021
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
After the game, Micah Richards claimed the Manchester United manager was “thrown under the bus” by the club’s hierarchy as Sky Sports reporter Geoff Shreeves asked the Norwegian about the club’s plans to enter the European Super League.
“I’d seen this morning, as you, the news and speculation so I can’t really say too much. My focus has just been on this game and I got the news today as well,” Solskjaer said.
“I haven’t looked into it, I’ve just been focusing on this game so I just need to sit down and see what it is and the club will probably comment on it later.
“As I said, I’ve not seen it. I don’t really know all the ins and outs so I need to find out and then the club or clubs will issue a comment probably.”
Ed Woodward statement.
Woodward’s resignation announcement came after Manchester United were heavily criticised by their fans for agreeing to join a breakaway European Super League.
However, the club subsequently decided to withdraw from the league, along with the other five English clubs, and they released a statement on their website.
Prior to their withdrawal, the club also announced Woodward’s departure in a 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,” Woodward said.
“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.”
The full statement is available here.
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