Manchester United chief David Gill was a driving force behind the FA's decision to bid for the 2018 World Cup.

The Daily Mail says the FA made the most abrupt of U-turns yesterday and agreed to announce their 2018 World Cup bid straight away.

The change of heart followed the huge enthusiasm shown by FA board members, led by United chief executive Gill, to waste no time in making their play to stage the tournament - especially with the public perception being that the starting pistol had already been fired.

Gill was the most prominent and vocal board member in instigating the change of mind and he might now emerge as a senior member of the campaign team as well.