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Gary Neville reacts to reports claiming Ed Woodward stepped down because of Super League opposition

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Woodward confirmed his departure from United on Tuesday.

Gary Neville has poked fun at reports which claim Ed Woodward stepped down from his role as Manchester United executive vice-chairman because he opposed the club’s involvement in the proposed Super League.

United on Tuesday night announced that Woodward will be standing down from his role at Old Trafford at the end of the year having assumed the position in 2013.

However, on Thursday, Sky Sports reported that Woodward tendered his resignation over his opposition to the Glazer family’s plans to join the Super League.

Ed Woodward.

United were one of the breakaway competition’s founder clubs but joined fellow Premier League sides Manchester City, Chelsea, Liverpool, Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur in withdrawing following a furious backlash to plans for the new tournament.

There was no mention of the Super League in United’s statement confirming Woodward’s departure, although Sky Sports later indicated that he felt as though he could not back the latest developments at the club.

Reacting to the report, former United right-back Neville – who led the opposition against the Super League with an impassioned on-air speech on Sunday – retweeted Sky Sports’ post with a link to a clip from Family Fortunes, as seen below.

Confirming his departure from United, Woodward said: “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 £1 billion 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.”

United chairman Joel Glazer added: “Ed Woodward has served the club with great distinction. On behalf of everyone at United I would like to place on record our sincere thanks for his tireless work and dedication.

“His contribution to the club has been massive, and he will always be welcome at Old Trafford as a part of the Manchester United family.”

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