Come on in and join the club! Get our daily Manchester United email newsletter
Sign me up!When you subscribe we will use the information you provide to send you these newsletters. Sometimes they’ll include recommendations for other related newsletters or services we offer. OurPrivacy Noticeexplains more about how we use your data, and your rights. You can unsubscribe at any time.Thank you for subscribingWe have more newslettersShow meSee ourprivacy noticeInvalid Email
Manchester United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward has broken his silence on their role in the future of English football.
The Red Devils hit the headlines after leading 'Project Big Restart' alongside Liverpool and looking to drive drastic changes to the game and its governance.
After those plans were rejected by rivals clubs, it has now emerged they are in talks over a bombshell plot to create a European Premier League backed by FIFA.
The motives of United and other big clubs have been questioned by many fans with Woodward and other bosses accused of a power grab as clubs lower down the pyramid jostle with the costs of the coronavirus pandemic.
But, in a statement made to investors as United unveiled their latest financial results, Woodward insisted they are "committed to playing a constructive role in helping the wider football pyramid through this period of adversity".
Ed Woodward has outlined Man Utd's motives behind the future of the English game
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer rates Alex Telles' Man Utd debut after Champions League win
Man Utd reminded world they are a "big club" with PSG win, says Axel Tuanzebe
He also added they are "exploring options" for enhancing English football in the long-term.
Woodward said: "Our focus remains on protecting the health of our colleagues, fans and community while adapting to the significant economic ramifications of the pandemic.
"Within that context, our top priority is to get fans back into the stadium safely and as soon as possible.
"We are also committed to playing a constructive role in helping the wider football pyramid through this period of adversity, while exploring options for making the English game stronger and more sustainable in the long-term.
Manchester United's next seven matches in all competitions
Newcastle United (a) – Premier League, Oct 17
Paris Saint-Germain (a) – Champions League, Oct 20
Chelsea (h) – Premier League, Oct 24
RB Leipzig (h) – Champions League, Oct 28
Arsenal (h) – Premier League, Nov 1
Istanbul Basaksehir (a), Champions League, Nov 4
Everton (a) – Premier League, Nov 7
"This requires strategic vision and leadership from all stakeholders, and we look forward to helping drive forward that process in a timely manner.
"On the pitch, we have strengthened the team over the summer and we remain committed to our objective of winning trophies, playing entertaining, attacking football with a blend of Academy graduates and high-quality recruits, while carefully managing our resources to protect the long-term resilience of the Club."