Ed Woodward left regretting Sir Alex Ferguson clash after Man Utd exit

Manchester United have announced that executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward will leave the club at the end of the current season.

The news emerged just moments after the highly controversial European Super League descended into chaos.

It is less than 48 hours removed from 12 of the biggest clubs announcing their intentions to become founding members of the break away tournament.

But after two seismic days that will go down in sporting history, that proposal now looks doomed, with teams dropping out

Manchester City have already confirmed their intention to leave, while Chelsea are believed to be preparing exit documentation.

And while the final hours of the ESL are still to play out, Woodward has become the most high casualty victim with the club announcing his resignation.

“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,” co-chairman Joel Glazer said.

“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.”

It’s a day when a Glazer thanking Woodward for his contributions to Manchester United will probably fall on deaf ears.

For Woodward, it’s simply the latest in a catalogue of errors that have punctuated his time in the main job at Old Trafford.

But perhaps an even more costly one came back in 2019, when he decided to ignore the advice of legendary boss Sir Alex Ferguson.

Back then, Sir Alex Ferguson recommended Steve Walsh for a consultancy role at the club. The former Leicester City head of recruitment managed to unearth gems like Riyad Mahrez, N’Golo Kane and Jamie Vardy.

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  • Ferguson pleaded for his inclusion in the transfer process, only for that recommendation to be brushed aside, according to Sky Sports.

    In the intervening years, Woodward, with first Jose Mourinho and then Ole Gunnar Solskajer, United have spent big and been unable to truly close the gap on the elite of European football.

    A move into the ESL represented a shortcut back to the top of Europe’s game, but one that now looks to have hit the skids.

    Had he listened to Sir Alex Ferguson, they may have been there already.

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