In an unusual soccer world, Ed Woodward strolling into Manchester United’s Carrington coaching floor with a smug look vaguely resembling the one above can be nothing however pure fantasy.
However we’re not dwelling in an unusual soccer world now, removed from it.
As a substitute, we’re dwelling in a soccer world rocked by the shock announcement that 12 groups, together with Woodward’s Glazers owned Crimson Devils, wish to shake up the footballing panorama as we all know it by making a breakaway Tremendous League.
Thus far, there’s been public condemnation and outcry from 99.9% of individuals not concerned in and fiery accusations galore from UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin – field workplace studying if you have not caught up on what he is mentioned.
However what in regards to the response of these concerned at United?
No one exterior of the highest brass would have had any thought what Woodward and the Glazer household have been planning for the previous few months, that means Sunday evening’s bombshell announcement was as a lot of a shock to them because it was to you and me.
Properly, MailOnlineSport report that Woodward, recognising that issues is likely to be just a little frosty, tried to appease the scenario early Monday morning when he rocked up at United’s Carrington coaching base.
He held a Zoom name with the gamers to transient them on the membership’s plans, detailing the explanations behind United’s choice to affix this breakaway enterprise. Woodward is known to have promoted turning into a founding member as ‘being within the membership’s greatest pursuits’, although the response of the gamers was ‘lukewarm’ at greatest and so they have been ‘severely unimpressed’ with what he needed to say.
Supervisor Ole Gunnar Solskjaer additionally felt he’d been ‘thrown below the bus’, having been compelled to entrance as much as the media on the topic within the aftermath of United’s 3-1 Premier League win over Burnley at Previous Trafford, whereas Bruno Fernandes responded to an Instagram submit from worldwide teammate Daniel Podence with the remark “there’s some issues we simply can’t actually pay for”.
Woodward has by no means been a well-liked determine at United, owing to the membership’s questionable switch enterprise and technique since he was appointed as govt vice-chairman. A nasty relationship with United’s followers is one factor, however his relationship with UEFA president Ceferin is more likely to be the speak of the city for the foreseeable future.
Talking early Monday afternoon, UEFA’s chief known as Woodward – in addition to Juventus chief Andrea Agnelli – a “snake”, revealing how he’d mentioned solely final Thursday that he was happy with the governing physique’s proposals to reform the Champions League.
“If I begin with Ed Woodward, he known as me final Thursday night saying he’s very happy with and absolutely helps the reforms and the one factor he wish to discuss was FFP, when clearly he had already signed one thing else,” Ceferin mentioned in an explosive press convention.
“Andrea Agnelli is the largest disappointment of all, I’ve by no means seen an individual that will lie so many instances, so persistently as he did. It’s unbelievable. We did not know we had snakes so near us, now we all know.”