Sir Alex Ferguson push from inside Man Utd as Ed Woodward resigns amid Super League fiasco

Man Utd: Solskjaer responds to European Super League news

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Manchester United pulled out of the European Super League late last night which followed the announcement that Ed Woodward had resigned from his role as executive vice-chairman. The Red Devils will now look for a replacement although Woodward will stay in place until the end of 2021.

United were announced on Sunday evening as one of 12 clubs as the founders of the new competition.

Alongside Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City and Tottenham from the Premier League they joined Real Madrid, Barcelona, Atletico Madrid, AC Milan, Juventus and Inter Milan.

There were set to be three more teams join with five spots open for qualification.

The backlash from fans led to the Big Six in England pulling out and the aftermath saw Woodward resign from his position at United although his exit was reportedly already planned.

Within Old Trafford some want Sir Alex Ferguson to take on a more central role behind the scenes during the transition period.

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The Athletic believe he can add gravitas to transfer negotiations and help overcome the damage done by the entire debacle.

He intervened on Sunday evening to give his thoughts on the European Super League and in many ways was the catalyst for the reaction to the movement.

Woodward’s statement pointed to the progress United have made in recent years but in truth he was also responsible for some of the big problems at the club.

He 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.

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“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.

“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.

“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.”

The fallout from the European Super League issue is only just beginning with the likes of Gary Neville now calling for the Glazers to leave the club.

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