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Ed Woodward holds meeting with ‘angry’ Manchester United players over European Super League plans


The squad are not impressed with how the news was announced (Pictures: Getty Images)

Ed Woodward held an emergency meeting with ‘angry’ Manchester United players on Monday who were ‘seriously unimpressed’ with how the European Super League was announced.

Twelve of Europe’s biggest clubs announced a new breakaway competition on Sunday evening prompting outrage from football’s governing bodies as well as fans, pundits and politicians alike.

The Premier League and Football Association have threatened to ban the ‘big six’ from domestic competition, while Uefa says any players involved in the Super League will be blocked from playing international football.

United are one of the competition’s founding members and cannot be relegated (Picture: The Super League)

Given the enormous consequences for the players of the 12 clubs, they would have expected to have been braced for the news but only found out along with everyone else late on Sunday night.

According to the Daily Mail, Manchester United’s players were particularly put out and Woodward had to speak to the disgruntled squad at Carrington on Monday morning.

In addition to sharing concerns about the European Super League, the players were also angered by the fact they only found out via the media rather than through the club.

Given that United have been one of the driving forces behind the breakaway league, with Joel Glazer even named Vice-Chairman, the players were shocked that they had not been informed beforehand.

There was also said to be some criticism of the way in which manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was ‘thrown under the bus’ after Sunday’s win over Burnley, with the coach forced to answer questions about something he knew nothing about as the club’s owners stayed silent.

Bruno Fernandes has publicly criticised the Super League plans (Picture: Getty)

Woodward tried to explain the club’s position and why they have decided to join the Super League, but the squad’s reaction was deemed ‘lukewarm at best’.

United legend Sir Alex Ferguson had already slammed the proposed breakaway before the announcement, while star player Bruno Fernandes shared a post from countryman Daniel Podence slating the Super League and also writing himself: ‘Dreams can’t be [bought].’

Woodward also found himself subject to an attack from Uefa president Aleksander Ceferin over the breakaway Super League, who described the United chief as a ‘snake’.


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