Angry Manchester United players hold an emergency briefing with Ed Woodward about the Super League’s plans
Angry Manchester United players had an emergency briefing with Ed Woodward on Monday morning – stars were ‘unimpressed’ by the club’s role in forming the European Super League and found out through the media.
- Twelve European clubs announced a new European Super League on Sunday
- Manchester United were one of the Premier League clubs to sign up for the format
- Ed Woodward held an emergency briefing with angry United players on Monday
- The stars of the Red Devils were not impressed to discover the plans in the media
Ed Woodward held an emergency briefing in Carrington on Monday morning with ‘seriously unimpressed’ Manchester United players.
Sportsmail understands that some members of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s roster were upset after learning through the media on Sunday about the escaping European Super League – and their own employer’s central role in it.
Insiders have revealed that some also felt Solskjaer was thrown under the bus when he was left with questions from Sky after the story broke in their 3-1 win over Burnley on Sunday.
Ed Woodward was forced into an emergency meeting with Manchester United players over the Super League plans
A source said Sportsmail the players were angry that they found out about the breakout through the media and not through the club
They expressed their feelings and the Executive Vice Chairman gave a briefing through Zoom to explain the club’s position on their training base.
Sources say the reception was ‘lukewarm at best’ for many of the squad.
Woodward, who recently moved to London from Manchester, is said to have told the squad they were acting in the best interest of the club.
Twelve European clubs, including United, announced the breakaway tournament on Sunday
“Some players were not impressed,” explained a source. Not only that they had to hear from the media what had happened, but also that their manager had to face the press when the owners made this up.
Woodward tried to appease them, but the response was lukewarm at best. Many of them did not go well. ‘
Bruno Fernandes expressed disappointment with the plans by responding to Daniel Podence’s anger at the Super League via social media.
Earlier on Monday, star midfielder Bruno Fernandes posted another message from fellow countryman and Wolves man Daniel Podence, who summed up some Champions League highlights, adding: ‘There are some (sic) things we just can’t really pay for’.
Fernandes wrote, ‘Dreams cannot be (bought)’ along with clapping emojis.
Earlier on Monday, Woodward was gutted by UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin for his part in the escape of the so-called dirty dozen.
‘I didn’t have much contact with him, but he called me last Thursday evening to say that he is very satisfied with the [Champions League] reforms, that he fully supports the reforms, and that all he would like to talk about is financial fair play, ”Ceferin said. “And he’s clearly already drawn something else.”
The UEFA boss added: “We didn’t know we had snakes so close to us.”