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Ed Woodward ‘heavily involved’ in Man Utd signing Jadon Sancho as chief seals parting gift

When Ole Gunnar Solskjaer failed to entice Sanchi to Manchester last summer, Dortmund did the classy thing and struck a gentleman’s agreement with the player, stating he could leave this time around for the right price.

After several rejected bids, that price turned out to be £72.6million, potentially rising to £78m with add-ons.

Sancho will certainly bring something different to United’s attacking contingent, providing a throwback to the days where Reds wingers were assist-first, score later.

It will, however, bring uncertainty for the likes of Marcus Rashford, Mason Greenwood, Anthony Martial and Daniel James who could all see their minutes tumble as a result.

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Man Utd chief Ed Woodward held secret talks with Boris Johnson days before ESL launch

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Labour are now demanding minutes of the meeting after Johnson made clear his position on the disastrous European Super League proposals earlier this week.

Jo Stevens, Shadow Secretary of state for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, said: “The Prime Minister and his ministers made very public and vocal condemnation of the European Super League, the public would therefore expect the same message to have been delivered in any private meetings.

“Downing Street should release the minutes in order to clear up any confusion and avoid accusations of hypocrisy.”

Man Utd chief John Murtough safe at Old Trafford after Ed Woodward exit – EXCLUSIVE

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Yet Express Sport understands that isn’t the case and that he’ll instead be staying at Old Trafford, poised to play a vital role in future ongoings at the club.

His biggest responsibility is helping United across all levels, and with recruitment in particular.

Signings have been mixed, to say the least, since Woodward rocked up as David Gill’s successor back in the summer of 2013.

There have been hits, ranging from Bruno Fernandes to Harry Maguire, Luke Shaw to Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

But there have also been too many misses for the club’s liking, with the likes of Alexis Sanchez, Angel Di Maria, Radamel Falcao, Morgan Schneiderlin, Memphis Depay and Bastian Schweinsteiger all flopping.

United have several transfer targets in mind for the summer.

Erling Haaland is their main goal, with the Borussia Dortmund striker seen as a potential replacement for Cavani.

Man Utd chief Ed Woodward quit after realisation he made 'biggest mistake of career'

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Ed Woodward is said to have phoned Joel Glazer to inform him that he was stepping down as Manchester United’s executive vice-chairman after realising he’d made “the biggest mistake of his career”. The controversial club chief confirmed yesterday that he was stepping down from his role at the end of 2021 following a fierce backlash from supporters.
Woodward was heavily involved in the Big Six’s plans to form part of the breakaway European Super League, which has since folded like a deck of cards.

United confirmed last night in a statement on their official website that they were pulling out of the ESL.

That reality effectively made Woodward’s position untenable, given that he was a huge influence in United’s involvement.

Yet even he was unprepared to the fierce backlash the European Super League would receive from fans, as the club’s own supporters began to turn on United earlier this week.

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According to The Daily Star, Woodward accepted his fate and has privately admitted this was “the biggest mistake of his career”.

There had been whispers that Woodward was already preparing to step down from his role but his hand has been forced in the past few days.

Joel Glazer allegedly tried talking Woodward out of his resignation but his decision was already final.

The 49-year-old from Chelmsford was also allegedly frustrated that none of the United hierarchy cared to explain why the club were involved in the Super League.

Woodward was of the belief that he was protecting United’s future and didn’t want them to get left behind.

Yet he was the only executive to address the players when the squad were informed of the move on Monday.

Although his resignation was received gratefully by supporters, he took the chance to address fans in a statement on the club’s website last night.

“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,” he 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.”

Ed Woodward exit confirmed by Manchester United as Joel Glazer issues statement

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Manchester United have announced the departure of Ed Woodward but he will remain in his position until the end of 2021. The European Super League fiasco has sped up his exit with Woodward resigning amid fan backlash.
United along with 11 other clubs were the founding members of the new competition.

Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City and Tottenham were all announced from the Premier League with Real Madrid, Barcelona and Atletico Madrid from La Liga and Juventus, AC Milan and Inter Milan from Serie A joining them.

Woodward’s resignation will end his tenure alongside the Glazers which has run since 2013.

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.

“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 that 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.”

Co-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.”

Ed Woodward breaks silence over Man Utd exit and namedrops three players

Ed Woodward has his position as Manchester United vice-chairman and he has issued a statement thanking everybody he has worked with over his 16-year spell at the club. He also namedropped three players who has progressed into first team stars since he has been at the helm.
“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 that 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.”

United co-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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Man Utd have three-man transfer shortlist as Ed Woodward keen to back Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

The Red Devils have endured a mixed campaign having been knocked out of the Champions League at the group stage and once again fallen short in the Carabao Cup and FA Cup.

But while United trail rivals Manchester City by 14 points with the Citizens poised to clinch the title, they have improved by 12 points on their standing at this stage last season.

And United are highly likely to finish as high as second for just the second time since Sir Alex Ferguson retired in 2013.

But the club’s hierarchy know that silverware is an imminent requirement and that United particularly need to end their title drought, which is threatening to stretch to a decade.

In their hope to continue their domestic progress, United are set to trust Solskjaer with a new initial two-year contract that will extend his agreement at Old Trafford until at least 2024.

The Daily Star say executive vice-chairman Woodward fully backs Solskjaer and will hand the manager a new deal even if United fail to win the Europa League this season, in which they are massive favourites.

Woodward is convinced Solskjaer can get United back to winning major honours again although they have fallen in the quarter-final or semi-final of their past five cup competitions.

And the Star say that Woodward wants to once again back the Norwegian coach in the transfer market and that all of Haaland, Sancho and Varane are on their list of targets.

Borussia Dortmund duo Haaland and Sancho are two of the most exciting attackers in world football and have lit up the Bundesliga for the Yellow Blacks.

Since joining from Red Bull Salzburg a little over a year ago, Haaland has managed 49 goals and 11 assists in 49 matches while former Manchester City trainee Sancho’s return reads 46 goals and 60 assists in 130 outings.

Sancho turned 21 on Thursday (March 25) while Haaland remains 20 until late July, meaning the pair may have over a decade of quality to offer to their next club.

With Edinson Cavani not certain to sign a new contract in Manchester and the veteran Uruguayan also 34 years of age, Haaland is seen as the ideal No 9 to replace him.

United have leaked 32 goals in 29 games this season, 11 more than champions elect City, and need a tighter rearguard if they are to rack up the points to be the kings of England once more.

Sevilla’s Jules Kounde is liked by United but the Star suggest it is Real Madrid’s Varane who they are most keen on.

The Frenchman has long been regarded one of Europe’s finest centre-halves having been a key player for Los Blancos for nearly a decade.

Varane turns 28 next month but the 72-cap France international is out of contract in the summer of 2022 and could therefore be available for cheaper than his real market value this year.

Transfermarkt reckon Varane is worth over £60m and signing two or more of Haaland, Sancho and the towering centre-back will require a raft of big-money player sales.

David de Gea, Phil Jones and Jesse Lingard are among the players who could be sold to free up funds for United’s planned recruitment.