By Alex Miller For The Mail On Sunday
Published: 22:30 BST, 1 May 2021 | Updated: 23:58 BST, 1 May 2021
Manchester United are under pressure from sponsors adidas to arrest falling shirt sales — but the German kit producer was not behind chief executive Ed Woodward's departure from the club.Insurance Loans Mortgage Attorney Credit Lawyer
Woodward announced his intention to leave two weeks ago as the fallout from the ill-fated European Super League intensified.
There have been suggestions within football circles that the Germans may have been responsible for Woodward's departure, due to his role in the ESL farce and lack of trophies in recent seasons.
Manchester United are under pressure from sponsors adidas to arrest falling shirt sales
Sources close to adidas — United's largest sponsor — have suggested they were disappointed not to have been briefed by United chiefs over their ESL plans.
However, they insist they had no part in Woodward's announcement that he would leave Old Trafford in the summer after 16 years.
The Mail on Sunday has learned adidas were fully briefed regarding ESL developments — largely due to the fact they own an 8.3 per cent stake in Bayern Munich.
Dr Jan Heinemann sits on the Bayern board as deputy chairman, and also serves as general counsel and chief compliance officer at adidas. The German champions turned