How Manchester United players reacted to the Super League.
The latest announcement of a breakaway Super League competition has shaken the football world, sending panic and shock all over the football lovers. The 12 teams have already confirmed their alliance with the ESL including Woodward’s Glazers-owned Red Devils.
With all shock, as the football world is trying to come to terms with this new development, there has been widespread public condemnation and outcry from 99.9% of people not involved in and fiery accusations galore from UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin latest announcement.
But what was the reaction by those involved at Manchester United?
This came as a surprise with no one outside of the top leadership had any idea what Woodward and the Glazer family have been cooking for the past few months, with the Sunday night’s bombshell announcement falling in as a big thunderbolt to everyone.
According to the MailOnlineSport report, Woodward recognized that things might be a little frosty and attempted to appease the situation early Monday morning when he rocked up at United’s Carrington training base.
Woodward then made a Zoom call with United’s players to brief them on the club’s plans and justifying details behind Red Devil’s decision to join this breakaway venture.
Woodward is understood to have promoted to be a founding member as ‘being in the club’s best interests, though the reaction of the players was ‘lukewarm’ at best and they were ‘seriously unimpressed with what he had to say.
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Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer also felt as if he’d been ‘thrown under the bus’, with the Norwegian feeling like he was forced to front up to the media on the subject in the aftermath of United’s 3-1 Premier League win over Burnley at Old Trafford.
Portuguese star Bruno Fernandes took on Instagram to responded to a post from international teammate Daniel Podence with the comment “there are some things we just can’t really pay for”.
It is worth noting that Woodward has never been a popular figure at United, owing to the club’s questionable transfer business and strategy since he was appointed the club’s executive vice-chairman. He has had a bad relationship with United’s fans but his relationship with Ceferin, the UEFA president is likely tobe a matter of discussion for the next foreseeable future.
On the early Monday afternoon, UEFA’s chief called Woodward and the Juventus chief Andrea Agnelli – a “snake”, explaining how he had elaborated last Thursdayon the governing body’s proposals to reform the Champions League.
In an explosive press conference, Ceferin said:
“If I start with Ed Woodward, he called me last Thursday evening saying he’s very satisfied with and fully supports the reforms and the only thing he want to talk about was FFP, when obviously he had already signed something else.
“Andrea Agnelli is the biggest disappointment of all, I’ve never seen a person that would lie so many times, so persistently as he did. It’s unbelievable. We didn’t know we had snakes so close to us, now we know.”
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