Ed Woodward hits back: United's commercial business was "never allowed to take priority over the football side"

18 October 2019

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Photo: Getty Images "What's important is the commercial side is never allowed to take priority over the football side," said Woodward (here wearing a red tie) a recent annual meeting for employees at Old Trafford.

United's commercial business allows the club to reinvest in the football side, Ed Woodward said at a recent employee meeting.

It's important that the commercial side never takes priority, he said, hitting back at critics claiming the opposite.

Jesper Elkjær Jensen jej@offthepitch.com

Manchester United's executive vice chairman, Ed Woodward, hit back at critics at a recent annual meeting for employees at Old Trafford.

The club under Woodward have been criticised for focusing more on commercial interests than on improvements on the pitch, as United have suffered disappointing league results in recent years.

However, that's not the case, Woodward argued, as the commercial business allows United to reinvest in the football side of the club.

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