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Man Utd confirm withdrawal from ESL after 'listening carefully to our fans'

Manchester United have officially withdrawn from the European Super League.

Manchester City, Liverpool, Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham also withdrew from the competition on Tuesday.

The decision comes after passionate and widespread condemnation of the proposal, which would have seen Europe's elite clubs competing in a closed-shop league.

A statement on the club's website read: "Manchester United will not be participating in the European Super League.

"We have listened carefully to the reaction from our fans, the UK government and other key stakeholders.

"We remain committed to working with others across the football community to come up with sustainable solutions to the long-term challenges facing the game."

Earlier in the day, executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward announced he would be leaving Old Trafford at the end of 2021.

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