– Man United are among 12 elite clubs from Europe who have signed up to join the European Super League
– The new tournament is seeking a breakaway that could have serious implications on other European competitions
– The development which came to the fore on the night of Sunday, April 18, was met with outrage from a number of fans, pundits, and even politicians
– It is understood Man United players learned about it through the media, something that left them angry
– The players are said to have expressed reservation over United’s role in the Super League, with UEFA warning those who will take part will be barred from playing international football
Man United executive vice-chair Ed Woodward was on Monday, April 19, forced to hold an emergency meeting with ‘angry’ senior squad players who expressed disappointment with how the European Super League plan was announced.
The Super League brings together up to 15 elite clubs drawn from Europe and keen on a new breakaway tournament which could have a serious implication on European competitions.
Plans on this new development were brought to light on the night of Sunday, April 18, with 12 of Europe’s biggest clubs announcing they had signed up for the new arrangement.
The news prompted outrage from a number of players, fans, football’s governing bodies, and even politicians.
The Premier League, Football Association (FA), and European football governing body, UEFA, are among those who have since condemned the plans.
So much so that the entities have threatened dire consequences against those involved, with UEFA warning players who will participate in the Super League will be barred from playing international football.
The anticipated consequences are understood to have left a number of United players worried, with Metro UK reporting some expressed reservations at how the news was broken.
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It is understood they shared concerns that they had to learn everything through the media when the club should have made the communication prior.
With tension building up, Ed Woodward was forced to hold a meeting with United players to address their concerns.
The United chief reportedly tried to explain the club’s position and why they had decided to join the Super League.
The Red Devils are the pioneering members of the Super League, alongside a host of others from the Premier League, including Chelsea and Arsenal.
From the La Liga, Real Madrid and Barcelona are the founding members, with Juventus and Inter Milan representing the Serie A.