Surprise Ed Woodward message to Premier League over Liverpool title hopes
Manchester United chief Ed Woodward is believed to be keen on finishing the Premier League season and not see it voided which would kill rivals Liverpool’s title hopes.
Many United fans and Manchester City fans have been laughing at the prospect of the Premier League voiding the season after the outbreak of coronavirus, but Woodward is not in that camp.
The Athletic reports that Woodward showed no desire to void this season with his input being described as “very fair”, which may well have come as a surprise to Liverpool’s representatives on last week’s Premier League conference call.
All 20 of the Premier League clubs had representatives on the conference call and on the agenda was how and when the Premier League season could be completed.
Football worldwide has been halted to the Covid-19 disease with Premier League football not back on the agenda until April 30, at the very earliest.
The Premier League have said they will extend the season “indefinitely” in a bid to get the 2019/20 season over the line, but each team still has nine or 10 games to play.
A statement said: “The FA’s Rules and Regulations state that ‘he season shall terminate not later than the 1 June’ and ‘each competition shall, within the limit laid down by The FA, determine the length of its own playing season’.
“However, our Board has agreed for this limit to be extended indefinitely for the 2019-20 season in relation to professional football.
“Additionally, we’ve collectively agreed that the professional game in England will be further postponed until no earlier than Thursday 30 April.
“The progress of Covid-19 remains unclear and we can reassure everyone the health and welfare of players, staff and supporters are our priority.”
Liverpool have a commanding lead at the top of the table and need just two wins to end their thirty year wait for a league title.
While United themselves can still register a Champions League place after a run of good form has seen then close the gap to fourth placed Spurs to five points.