Kieran Maguire slams Woodward talks with Boris Johnson after 'very strange' Man United development
It is “very strange” that Ed Woodward seemingly wants to stay at Man United when his legacy is irredeemable.
That is the view of finance guru Kieran Maguire, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about the controversial Old Trafford powerbroker.
Woodward, an instrumental figure in April’s Super League plot, will soon step aside as chief executive at United after nine years in the job.
But the Daily Mail reported on 26 November that he is likely to be offered a consultancy role by the club thereafter.
Woodward met with prime minister Borish Johnson in April, but both have denied that the short-lived Super League was discussed.
But Maguire is sceptical and questions why Woodward would want to stay on at United given the ill feeling towards him.
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“This seems very strange,” he told Football Insider correspondent Adam Williams.
“Woodward is a rugby-supporting, chartered accountant investment banker. He’s not a football person.
“Given the money he has made out of Man United, I’d have thought he’d happily retire to his vineyard.
“His name will always be associated with Project Big Picture and Super League, no matter how much he tried to deflect.
“Nobody has ever found out what happened in the conversation between him and Boris Johnson four or five days before Super League was announced.
“You cannot believe a single word the PM says because he is a habitual liar. He has been sacked for lying by former employers.
“That is not party-political, it’s just an indictment of where we are.
“Woodward doesn’t even go to matches anymore. His legacy is beyond saving.”
One of Woodward’s last acts has been the imminent appointment of Ralf Rangnick as interim boss at United.
The German manager takes charge of a team currently 8th in the Premier League table.