Manchester United Football Club announced on Tuesday evening that they have withdrawn their plans to enter into the newly formed European Super League which announced on Sunday night that England’s six big teams were to join this new breakaway series.
Chelsea AFC also withdrew from the championship on Tuesday. In a statement on Tuesday, Manchester United said:
Manchester United will not be participating in the European Super League.We have listened carefully to the reaction from our fans, the UK government and other key stakeholders.
We remain committed to working with others across the football community to come up with sustainable solutions to the long-term challenges facing the game.
Manchester United also announced on Tuesday that long-term Executive Vice Chairman, Ed Woodward will leave the club at the end of 2021. Speaking about the news, Woodward, who has been with the club since 2005 commented saying:
“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 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.
Manchester United are currently second in Premier League table on 66 points, eight points behind neighbours Manchester City.