Executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward breaks silence on Manchester United exit, claims the club is well-positioned for the future.
The 49-year-old took the key position in 2013 but it’s now official his regime at the club is set to end. Woodward praises himself for Manchester United progress under his tenure.
Earlier, United stated to confirm Woodward’s exit, Woodward has himself confirmed on his departure.
Woodward thanked everyone he’s been involved with during his tenure in the club. Also, he named three players whom he’s seen break into the first team.
“I am extremely proud to have served United. It has been an honor 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,” he added.
Speaking of his time at United he said, “I will treasure the memories from my time at Old Trafford. During this period, 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.”
He continued, “We have invested more than £1bn in the squad during my time here. 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.
He continued, “I desperately wanted the club to win the Premier League during my tenure. I am certain that the foundations are in place for us to win it back for our passionate fans.”
On the Academy, “Our world-famous academy is flourishing again, with 34 players progressing into the first team since 2013.
“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,” Woodward said.