The future of this season remains in the balance and the situation will be discussed by the Premier League clubs at a meeting on Friday. Woodward has hinted that national cup competitions may be at risk at the start of the next campaign.
“We need to have a clear idea of what the future holds,” said Woodward in a United fan forum. “What will happen with the rest of this season? What is the impact on next season? Is it behind closed doors or in front of fans? What is the impact on broadcast agreements, sponsorship agreements? What is the impact on the national cups?
“We don’t yet know what’s going to happen with regard to the FA Cup [this season]; we’re obviously still there, in the quarterfinals. What will happen next season if it is a bit cut off to sneak into Premier League matches? Does this have an impact on national cups? There are many, many moving parts. “
When the season ended in early March, United were undefeated in 11 games, tied for the best run under Ole Gunnar Solskjær, and had a 5-0 lead over Lask in the Europa League, last 16. Woodward believes Solskjær is turning United into real candidates again and that funding will be available to strengthen in the next transfer window. “It is always a priority for us to strengthen the team and take advantage of what Ole is doing very clearly in terms of returning to the top,” he said.
United continues to discuss when the team may resume training at its Carrington base, based on plans to restart the Premier League.