Ed Woodward is leaving his role at Manchester United with no honour after making an ‘absolute balls up’ with plans to join the European Super League.

That’s the opinion of former Leeds United hitman Noel Whelan, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about Woodwards’ future.

The Red Devils have announced that Woodward will leave his role as vice-chairman at the end of 2021 with the news coming after days of criticism from fans.

Man United were one of the ‘big six’ Premier League clubs to sign up for the proposed European Super League but the plans were blasted by many supporters.

There may yet be another departure from the club due to the failed ESL plans with a Man United source telling Football Insider that John Murtagh is fighting to save his job as director of football. 

Whelan insists that Woodward is leaving Old Trafford due to his role in the ESL debacle even though there was no mention of this in the statement that announced his departure.

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“Another snake, trying to say that he’s leaving for personal reasons,” Whelan told Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge.

“No. He’s made an absolute balls up here. He’s gone along with something that he should never have had any part to play in.

“If anyone had a little bit of sense about them they’d have said no. If they were real football men and interested in football, they’d have said no.

“He’s not walking away with honour, he’s trying to save his own skin which makes him a bigger coward than all of them.”

Woodward joined Manchester United in 2005 and was promoted to his current role as vice-chairman in 2012.

In the statement, Woodward said, “I would like to thank United’s passionate fans for their support during the good and bad times. I know this has been a challenging period in our history, but your support for the team has never, ever been in doubt.”

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