Manchester United chief executive Ed Woodward is the highest-paid director of any Premier League club, it has been revealed. The 49-year-old, who oversees operations at the 20-time English champions, took over the role from David Gill in 2013.
United’s last Premier League title win came in the same year, with the club having experienced mixed levels of success under Woodward’s stewardship.
However, the Red Devils look set to bring the fight to defending champions Liverpool for this year’s domestic crown.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer‘s side currently occupy second place in the table, level on points with their bitter rivals having played a game less.
The release of United’s latest financial accounts revealed that Woodward was paid £3.087million last year.
This represents a slight decrease from his wage packet twelve months prior, which stood at £3.16m.
However, it remains enough to make him the highest-paid director in England’s top flight, according to data published by Swiss Ramble.
Tottenham‘s Daniel Levy falls just short of Woodward in second place after taking home £2.959m, while Crystal Palace are surprisingly named in third, paying their chief executive a total of £2.601m in 2018/19.
Woodward had consistently topped the list in previous seasons but was dethroned by Levy last time out, with the Spurs chief earning £4m plus a £3m bonus relating to the club’s new stadium.
United’s divisive chief issued a message to supporters earlier this month, claiming that under-fire boss Solskjaer will be supported as he aims to lead the club back to its former glory.
“The team has coped well in challenging circumstances while playing behind closed doors,” Woodward wrote in his programme notes ahead of the victory over Aston Villa on New Year’s Day.
“Indeed, at the time of writing, we have won more points-per-game since Project Restart last June than any other Premier League club. We also have four more wins and nine more goals than at the same time last season.
“There are many positive statistics like these showing the progress made under Ole in the past year. But they tell only part of the story.
“Just as important is the work we see being done behind the scenes to build a winning culture consistent with the club’s traditions of attacking football played by youthful, hard-working teams fusing homegrown talent with top-class recruits.
“We are getting closer to those objectives as the squad continues to develop following the arrivals of Bruno Fernandes, Donny van de Beek, Alex Telles and Edinson Cavani.
“Our ongoing investment reflects the tremendous resilience of the club and our commitment to supporting Ole, while remaining disciplined at an extremely challenging time.”
United will be looking to reach the Carabao Cup final with victory over Manchester City in Wednesday’s semi-final clash at Old Trafford.