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Solskjaer refuses to criticise Woodward despite admitting he was against ESL plans

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has refused to criticise Manchester United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward despite admitting he was against the European Super League proposal.

Woodward was amongst the leading figures behind plans for a breakaway European competition, with each of the Premier League’s ‘big six’ joining leading sides from Italy and Spain in announcing their involvement on Sunday.


The plans subsequently collapsed following an angry backlash from supporters, the controversial competition having included guaranteed annual entry for the founding clubs in a show of unprecedented greed from Europe’s elite.

Solskjaer met with protesting supporters at the club’s Carrington training ground amid the fury surrounding the Super League plans, whilst United have since announced that Woodward will be stepping down from his role at the end of the season amid the backlash.

Despite Woodward’s involvement and Solskjaer’s own stance against the Super League, the Norwegian has refused to criticise the Red Devils’ chief and says he is hopeful the club can now move forward following an incredible week of events.

“Football is emotions and emotions run high in football,” Solskjaer said at his pre-match press conference ahead of United’s trip to Leeds on Sunday.

“I’ve had a very good working relationship with Ed, the club will have to move on without him and I’m sure Manchester United will always move on.

“I’ll work as long as Manchester United want me to work here and hopefully we can end this season successfully and Ed is part of that.”

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