Manchester United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward has agreed to resigned from his role at the end of 2021.
The announcement came before Manchester United, along with the other five Premier League sides involved in the proposed European Super League (ESL), withdrew from the competition. Woodward was a key figure in the controversial plans.
The planned breakaway league has received widespread condemnation.
Woodward, 49, joined United in 2005 and has been in his current role since 2012.
He was set to leave at the end of the year but the decision to announce his departure has been brought forward.
“I am extremely proud to have served United and it has been an honour to work for the world’s greatest football club for the past 16 years,” said Woodward.
“The club is well positioned for the future and it will be difficult to walk away at the end of the year.”
Woodward has been widely criticised by United fans for his running of the club since taking over from David Gill in 2013.
His refusal to appoint a director of football led to further criticism – but he will leave having eventually filled that position with an existing member of staff in John Murtough.
It remains to be seen if he will stay in position until the end of the year, or if he will come under pressure to leave early in the wake of the Super League.