Manchester United suffered a ₤ 118.1 m loss in earnings, down to ₤ 509m from ₤ 627.1 m, for the monetary year ending in June 2019, with the effect of the coronavirus pandemic a significant factor.

Accounts launched on Wednesday likewise revealed that United have paid a ₤ 23m dividend again, which mainly goes to the Glazer household that owns the club.

The loss is an 18.8% downturn for the 12 months, with the last monetary quarter showing a 38% reduction – ₤ 131.4 m to ₤ 81.5 m. The club estimates that ₤ 70m of earnings lost across the year can be associated to the pandemic. “We expect the effect to remain visible for quite some time to come,” Ed Woodward, the executive vice-chairman, said.

The final-quarter outcomes consist of the three-month football lockdown. When competitors resumed United had just one home Premier League game, 2 away matches and an FA Cup quarter-final – also away – before completion of June. All were played behind closed doors.

The club said: “This significantly affected fiscal 2020 broadcasting income, identified when home and away matches are played, and matchday profits, offered the staying matches have been played behind closed doors. Moreover, transmitting revenues have been substantially affected by rebates due to broadcasters following disturbance of the 2019-20 competitions.”

Net financial obligation more than doubled from the previous year to ₤ 474.1 m, which the club said reflected the impact of postponed sponsorship payments of ₤ 80m, the loss of advance matchday profits for 2020-21 which would generally be more than ₤ 50m before a Champions League season and an increase in gamer investment.

Woodward stated getting fans safely back into stadiums was a top priority and spoke openly concerning United’s involvement in a strategy to redraw the football pyramid via Job Broad view, which was not effective.

” We strongly think in supporting the English football pyramid, both in the short-term, to attend to the issues produced by Covid-19, and in the long term to improve monetary sustainability at all levels of the video game,” he stated.

” There will constantly be extreme dispute around any changes to the structure of football, simply as there was before the formation of the Premier League 28 years back. Now, at this vital juncture for the game, we should guarantee that the substantial success of the Premier League is strengthened while guaranteeing that the larger football pyramid continues to prosper … We are delighted that the Premier League has actually committed to collaborate on a plan for the future structures and financing of English football. Now it needs to provide on that guarantee, and we are dedicated to playing a leading role.”

On Tuesday it emerged that prepare for a profitable breakaway European Premier League had actually been revived. “I saw reports,” Woodward said. “Don’t understand where it originated from.”

Resolving problems on the pitch he stated: “We will never ever be satisfied at Manchester United unless we are winning prizes. But our third-place surface in the Premier League and strong cup runs last season revealed that, while there is more effort ahead and the course is not constantly smooth, we are making progress. We have a clear technique under Ole [Gunnar Solskjær] to develop a successful, committed team, with a core of homegrown skill combined with high-quality recruits, that plays quickly streaming, assaulting football.”

Woodward added that net financial investment in brand-new gamers considering that summer 2019 was “over EUR200m – more, I think, than any other major European club over that time duration” and mentioned: “We are investing and will continue to invest to back the supervisor.”