Woodward has become the highest paid administrator in English football.
Manchester United chief executive Ed Woodward earned £2.5 million during his first year in the job, report the Mail, despite the fact that he presided over a difficult year for the Red Devils both in terms of their performance on the pitch and in the transfer market.
Woodward came in for plenty of criticism during the 2013 summer transfer window, which was viewed by many to have been botched following David Moyes’ appointment as manager, whilst there were also dissenting voices over the inability to sign a top class defensive player last summer.
Despite this, commercial revenues for United remain hugely impressive and the club’s financial situation is still impressive despite the lack of Champions League football this season, whilst 2014 saw numerous big money, eye catching arrivals such as Juan Mata and Angel di Maria.
The figure earned by Woodward compared to officials in similar roles at competing Premier League clubs will raise eyebrows, however, and potentially lead to United fans once again questioning whether their chief executive has been as effective in his transfer market dealings as his salary would indicate.