Man Utd on brink of appointing Woodward’s successor with ‘announcement expected’

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Manchester United are on the verge of appointing Ed Woodward’s successor, which could happen as early as next month.

The club’s group managing director Richard Arnold is set to take over the post after reportedly competing with at least two other United executives for the role.

Current chief executive Woodward announced he would step down following the European Super League fallout in April.

The Glazers were eventually forced to apologise following their involvement in the breakaway league which collapsed after a number of fan protests.

United’s scheduled Premier League contest against rivals Liverpool was postponed after protests prevented the game from going ahead.

Woodward will leave the position after eight years in charge, which has seen him help the club to three major trophies including the Europa League in 2017.

United have splashed the cash under Woodward’s leadership and have brought in the likes of Paul Pogba, Harry Maguire and Jadon Sancho in recent years.

Arnold joined the Red Devils in 2007 as group commercial director and has worked with Woodward throughout his tenure at Old Trafford.

United are currently third in the Premier League after two wins and a draw from their opening three league games.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side thrashed Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds 5-1 on the opening day, before they followed that up with a disappointing 1-1 draw at St Marys the weekend after.

United then beat Wolves on Sunday at Molineux in the final game before the international break thanks to a 81st minute winner from 19-year-old Mason Greenwood.

The Red Devils will welcome Newcastle to Old Trafford next Saturday, with Portuguese star Cristiano Ronaldo set to make his debut after re-joining the club from Juventus on deadline day.

Demand for the game has soared after Ronaldo’s announcement, with some tickets reportedly being sold for as much as £2500.

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