2013 11 14 Retrieve
[Man Utd post club-record revenue in Q1] We are pleased to have achieved another record first quarter, driven by the strength of our commercial business and increased broadcasting revenues. Our unique approach to the commercial business will continue to drive future growth
[United are also set to benefit from BT’s £897m deal which secured television rights to broadcast Champions League and Europa League matches for three years from 2015] We are also excited by the continuing rise in the value of sports content, evidenced, amongst other things, by the recently announced BT deal for the UK rights to broadcast the Champions League and Europa League matches for three seasons from 2015/16
This deal represents a meaningful increase over the current arrangement, which should translate into higher broadcasting revenues for the participating clubs
2016 04 03 Retrieve
[Quote on Sir Bobby Charlton] Bobby is, quite simply, the most iconic figure in English football history. A player, a diplomat, a gentleman and a tireless worker for charity, he represents everything that is good about football and Manchester United
2016 05 23 Retrieve
[Manchester United confirm Van Gaal sacking] I would like to thank Louis and his staff for their excellent work in the past two years culminating in winning a record-equalling 12th FA Cup for the club [and securing him a title in four different countries]. He has behaved with great professionalism and dignity throughout his time here. He leaves us with a legacy of having given several young players the confidence to show their ability on the highest stage. Everyone at the club wishes him all the best in the future.
2019 04 29 Retrieve
[What does Ed Woodward do?] Our debt, taking a house comparison, is like a mortgage. And it’s small relative to the value of the business. And the person living inside it is getting richer and richer and richer in terms of income every year. We’re verging on £100m more a year of commercial revenue than when the Glazers bought the club
[Woodward had argued that a club as large in nature as United could not afford to ignore the potential draw of foreign countries in the United States and Asia] America and Asia are the two core places we tend to go to and both of them deliver a huge amount. The Premier League has been very clear in saying America is the No. 1 developing market. It may be strange to describe the US as a developing market but if you look at the stats from the World Cup, the NBC numbers were two and a half times the previous Fox and ESPN [World Cup] numbers and despite finishing seventh we were the No1 most watched team. This is a very good country [for us] from a potential sponsorship perspective, a potential media perspective. We’ve got more fans here than we have in the UK
2020 04 24 Retrieve
[Manchester United chief Woodward warns transfer market won’t be ‘business as usual’ for his side] Nobody should be under any illusions about the scale of challenge facing everyone in football and it may not be ‘business as usual’ for any clubs, including ourselves, in the transfer market this summer. As ever our priority is the success of the team, but we need visibility of the impact across the whole industry, including timings of the transfer window, and the wider financial picture, before we can talk about a return to normality. On this basis, I cannot help feeling that speculation around transfers of individual players for hundreds of millions of pounds this summer seems to ignore the realities that face the sport.
We are eager to see the team return to the field as soon as we are advised it is safe to do so, hopefully to complete a season which still held so much promise for us in the Premier League, the Europa League and the FA Cup when it was suspended. We are in constant dialogue with our governing bodies about when and how that will happen. And while it may be that games need to be played behind closed doors in the shorter term, we all recognise that football will not be fully back to normal until supporters are once again in attendance
2020 04 26 Retrieve
[Ed Woodward cast doubt on the feasibility of big-money signings due to the financial devastation caused by the coronavirus pandemic] Nobody should be under any illusions about the scale of challenge facing everyone in football. It may not be ‘business as usual’ for any clubs, including ourselves, in the transfer market this summer.
As ever, our priority is the success of the team, but we need visibility of the impact across the whole industry, including timings of the transfer window, and the wider financial picture, before we can talk about a return to normality.
On this basis, I cannot help feeling that speculation around transfers of individual players for hundreds of millions of pounds this summer seems to ignore the realities that face the sport
2020 04 28 Retrieve
[Ed Woodward’s admission that it would not be business as usual for Manchester United] Nobody should be under any illusions about the scale of the challenge facing everyone in football and it may not be ‘business as usual’ for any clubs, including ourselves, in the transfer market this summer. As ever, our priority is the success of the team, but we need visibility of the impact across the whole industry, including timings of the transfer window, and the wider financial picture, before we can talk about a return to normality. On this basis, I cannot help feeling that speculation around transfers of individual players for hundreds of millions of pounds this summer seems to ignore the realities that face the sport
2020 04 29 Retrieve
[Ed Woodward has reiterated Manchester United’s commitment to backing Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s rebuild as they aim to be ‘highly competitive’ in the transfer market] It’s always a top priority for us to strengthen the team and build on what Ole is very clearly achieving in terms of bringing us back to the top. I would say that once we have that visibility of a path through the crisis and coming out of the other side to relative normality, then, of course, we aim to remain highly competitive in the market. As I said before and I’ve said this many times, we remain committed to backing Ole to win trophies. That’s our core objective as a club
We’ve got to have clarity on what the future holds. What will happen with the remainder of this season? What is the impact on next season? Is it behind closed doors or in front of fans? What’s the impact on broadcast deals, sponsorship deals? What’s the impact on domestic cups? Also, we don’t yet know what’s going to happen with regards to the FA Cup - we’re obviously still in that in the quarter-finals. What’s going to happen to that next season if it’s truncated a little bit to squeeze in Premier League games? Does that have a knock-on on domestic cups? There are many, many moving parts. It is not necessarily going to be business as usual for clubs this summer. It feels somewhat inappropriate to see speculation about transfers for hundreds of millions in current circumstances. There’s a big disconnect between those stories and the economic realities facing football clubs in general. It’s true we are fortunate to be in a strong financial position compared to many clubs, but we are not immune from the financial impact of what this virus is doing.
2020 04 30 Retrieve
[Man Utd executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward warns there’s still ‘huge uncertainty’ over Premier League return] I think we all agree that we want supporters back watching football at Old Trafford as soon as possible. That can only happen when we are advised it is safe to do so, and clearly the government has a major say in that
No decisions have been made yet but we think it is possible that the initial games, particularly the ones related to finishing or trying to complete this season, will probably have to be played behind closed doors - but that isn’t confirmed yet. We’re not necessarily happy about that, clearly football requires our fans in the stadium for it to be complete, but public health must come first. We’ve got to have clarity on what the future holds. What will happen with the remainder of this season? What is the impact on next season? Is it behind closed doors or in front of fans? What’s the impact on broadcast deals, sponsorship deals? What’s the impact on domestic cups
From a UK perspective there is still huge uncertainty. There was an interesting question about competitive games overseas, I’ve not heard anything on that and I would expect our remaining domestic games to be played in England
2020 05 05 Retrieve
[Since the start United have outlined their commitment to completing the current campaign although executive vice chairman Ed Woodward admitted last week there is huge uncertainty as to how and when it will be possible to do that due to Covid-19] From a UK perspective there is still huge uncertainty so we will keep fans informed as soon as decisions are made. We’ve got to have clarity on what the future holds. What will happen with the remainder of this season? What is the impact on next season? Is it behind closed doors or in front of fans? What’s the impact on broadcast deals, sponsorship deals? What’s the impact on domestic cups? We don’t yet know what’s going to happen with regards to the FA Cup. We’re obviously still in that [this season] in the quarter finals. What’s going to happen to that next season if the season is truncated a little bit to squeeze in Premier League games? Does that have a knock-on on domestic cups? There are many, many moving parts.
2020 05 21 Retrieve
[Man Utd executive vice-chairman Woodward ‘optimistic’ over Premier League return in June] We are optimistic it will soon be possible to resume playing football and our men’s first team has commenced a phased return to training this week with rigorous medical protocols in place to manage risk. Subject to government and Premier League shareholder approval, with input from medical staff and players, we anticipate domestic games could restart in June. Furthermore, all indications from UEFA are that the culmination of the Europa League could be during August. We remain in constant dialogue with the Premier League, the FA and UEFA about the next steps towards returning to playing while continuing to protect the health of our players, staff and wider public. We are encouraged by the return of the German Bundesliga, the first major European league to restart last weekend, with the successful completion of nine matches all behind closed doors
Our results reflect the partial impact the pandemic has had on the club. While clearly the greater impact will be in the current quarter and likely beyond. We remain firmly optimistic for the long-term prospects for the club and for our exciting young team once we have worked our way through what is undoubtedly one of the most extraordinary and testing periods in the 142-year history of Manchester United
There are still profound challenges ahead for football as a whole and it is safe to say it will not be business as usual for some time. Our club is built on solid foundations, we remain one of the most popular teams and one of the most followed and we have created a strong financial base. However, the repercussions of the pandemic are now being felt widely across the footballing community. Not just by clubs but by players, broadcasters, sponsors and many other stakeholders. We have a shared interest in protecting our sport during this period. It’s crucial we work together in a period of solidarity to maximise our chances of coming back strongly when the pandemic recedes. We must recognise that this pandemic will not disappear overnight and the world which is emerging will be different to how it was before. That will create challenges for football, like many other industries, but also brings an opportunity for innovation and creativity as we explore options for resuming football in ways that still protect public health
2020 05 21b Retrieve
[Man Utd confirm huge £127m rise in debt as impact of Covid-19 is revealed] Our focus remains on the health and well-being of our colleagues, fans and partners around the world and we are extremely proud of how those connected to the club have responded during this crisis. Since the start of the pandemic, Manchester United and our foundation have provided assistance to hospitals, charities and schools in our communities, as well as support for frontline workers and vulnerable fans. These actions reflect our core values as a club and the resilience through adversity that we have demonstrated many times throughout our long history and will do so again to weather these current challenges. In that spirit, we look forward to the team safely returning to the pitch and building on the exciting momentum that Ole and the players had previously achieved, while taking all necessary steps to protect public health. Our thoughts remain with all those affected during this unprecedented time
2020 05 22 Retrieve
[A new Manchester United transfer masterplan? How scouting set-up is evolving in lockdown] We’ve expanded our recruitment department in recent years and we believe this now runs in an efficient and productive way. Player recommendations and decisions are worked on by this department and by the first-team manager and his staff, not by senior management
2020 05 23 Retrieve
[Ed Woodward says Man Utd finances are not a disaster - but Champions League failure would be] We must recognise that this crisis will not disappear overnight, and that the world that emerges will be different from how it was before. The lack of Champions League football and the impact of Covid-19 has been seen in United’s latest financial results. They’re poorer than they would be normally but they’re not horrendous. They’ve still got a huge wage bill to pay and without matches there won’t be as much money coming in, so they will be expecting a big deterioration in the fourth quarter
No question, the economic ramifications from this global pandemic will continue to resonate for years to come, but we remain optimistic about the long-term outlook for the sponsorship business and our ability to remain a leader within the market
2020 05 26 Retrieve
[Man Utd to focus on targets like Dembele and Werner as Ighalo loan spell ends] We must recognise that this crisis will not disappear overnight and that the world that emerges will be different from how it was before
2020 06 23 Retrieve
[Ed Woodward salutes Man Utd supporters ahead of closed-door Old Trafford return] On the pitch, there is no escaping the reality that the coming months are going to be difficult for everyone in football and we are no exception. However, our club’s foundations are solid and, provided we stick together and manage our resources carefully, we will come through this period with our strength intact – thanks in large part to the loyalty of our fantastic supporters. As a club, we say ‘thank you’ through the ‘United for the Heroes’ banner displayed in the Sir Alex Ferguson Stand, as well as the NHS logo on the players’ shirts. You will also see powerful anti-racism messages, on the players’ shirts and in the stands, and we are proud to be uniting with our players and the rest of the Premier League behind this crucial cause
Diversity, inclusion and the fight against racism are at the core of our values as a club whose support spans racial and cultural boundaries. This has been a long-standing commitment from the club, as part of our All Red All Equal campaign and our support for groups such as Kick It Out
The breadth and diversity of our fan base is demonstrated by over 40,000 supporters from 193 countries who submitted their pictures for the spectacular fan mosaic, which will be on show in the stands for the first time tonight. We hope the mosaic will provide inspiration to the team as a reminder of the hundreds of millions cheering them on from home
As a banner in the Stretford End tonight declares, quoting Sir Matt Busby, ‘football is nothing without fans,’ and we can’t wait for you to return to Old Trafford as soon as it is safe to do so