Manchester United confirm departure of vice-chairman Ed Woodward

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Manchester United have confirmed that executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward will step down from his role at the end of 2021.

Various reports stated that Woodward would be resigning amid ongoing Super League fallout, although the club insist there is no connection.

“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 49-year-old told the club’s official website.

“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.

“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.”

Woodward joined United in 2005 and became executive vice-chairman in 2012.