After listening carefully to the reaction from their fans, Manchester United will back out of European Super League. In fact, executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward will resign as Manchester United rethink Super League involvement.
On Sunday night, United officially joined eleven other European clubs in forming a Super League.
However, by Tuesday night, club owners had to re-evaluate their participation. This was due to the sheer force and volume with which their own, and football, fans protested the decision.
Premier League clubs, outside the ‘Big Six’ involved, also slammed the break away and threatened to ban the guilty parties.
The United management will put forth an official confirmation of their withdrawal by Friday.
Meanwhile, they have already officially confirmed that Ed Woodward will resign as Manchester United rethink Super League. Woodward will step down from his role, which he’s held since 2012, at the end of 2021.
Woodward, in his farewell note, hinted at the reason behind his club joining the Super League.
“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,” he said.
Backlash to the Super League
However, this disregard for the spirit of football in favor of receiving billions in starter money was why fans protested.
Beside United legends like Gary Neville, Sir Alex Ferguson also voiced his opposition to the club’s decision.
Legendary United coach Sir Alex brought them to prominence under his reign. Indeed, it’s safe to call him the very reason that United enjoy their elite status in European football. They are one of the ‘Big Six’ of the Premier League because of the glory they reached with him in charge.
It is thus a shame to hear the legend say: “Talk of a Super League is a move away from 70 years of European club football.
“Both as a player for a provincial team Dunfermline in the 60s and as a manager at Aberdeen winning the European Cup Winners’ Cup, for a small provincial club in Scotland it was like climbing Mount Everest.”
He thus championed, much like United fans themselves, the cause of smaller football clubs, open competition, and merit-based play.