Woodward confident of United's resilience
Ed Woodward has voiced confidence about the “underlying strength and resilience” of Manchester United as the club navigates the “big challenges and uncertainties” created by the COVID-19 pandemic.
United's executive vice-chairman said recent months had demonstrated the "special role that sport plays in our societies" and he was proud of how the club continues to respond.
Speaking after the release of the club's annual financial results, Woodward highlighted our commitment to welcoming fans back to Old Trafford as soon as it is safe. He also stressed the club's desire to help address the financial challenges created by the pandemic for the wider English football pyramid, and to work with other clubs to strengthen the national game for the long term.
On the day after our 2-1 Champions League away victory over Paris Saint-Germain, Woodward gave a positive update on the progress made by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and the team over the past year.
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Woodward also highlighted the importance of getting fans back into stadiums as soon as it is safe. He said the club’s plans for reopening Old Trafford to supporters were “well advanced and we are confident of ours and the whole league’s ability to welcome them back in a safe, bio-secure environment.
“Crowds have been permitted to return to varying degrees in over 20 European countries, albeit with significant capacity restrictions to allow for social distancing, and we urge the UK government to follow these positive examples as soon as it is safe to do so.
“While we recognise that public health must always be the priority, what is needed is consistency of approach. If people are allowed to sit in a plane for hours, or in the cinema, or even watch football in a cinema, why not outside in a stadium environment which is professionally managed and controlled? If indoor concerts are allowed, why should outdoor, socially-distanced football fans be treated differently? Fans are the bedrock of this game and some of the inconsistencies out there are frustrating for them and for the clubs.”