Woodward faced ‘player revolt’ before Man Utd exit with Shaw and Maguire unhappy

Manchester United boss Ed Woodward faced a player “revolt” as he resigned from the club over the European Super League fiasco.

The executive vice-chairman will stand down from his position at the end of the season following the backlash to the breakaway league he played a large role in.

The Red Devils were announced alongside Liverpool, Manchester City, Arsenal, Chelsea, Tottenham, Real Madrid, Barcelona, Atletico Madrid, AC Milan, Inter and Juventus as the 12 founding teams.

But the plans for the tournament, which would see United not face the risk of relegation, leave the players “seriously unimpressed”.

And Stretty News have reported that it made such a angry reaction from the players that Woodward was facing a revolt.

During the briefing, the players had received the Zoom call with the chief as “lukewarm at best”, having been “angered” at the treatment of manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

The squad, believing the boss had been “thrown under the bus” to answer questions following the 3-1 win over Burnley, then “revolted behind the scenes”.

And the report states that captain Maguire, alongside Luke Shaw, were “heavily involved” and “confronted” Woodward with their concerns.

The centre-back was also involved in an emergency meeting of Premier League captains over the ESL plans.

While the full-back made a scathing statement about the breakaway league on his social media channels.

He wrote on Twitter: “My ambition was to one day be able to play in these competitions and part of this determination was to show that with hard work anyone can achieve these dreams and play on the highest stages.

“There is so much passion around the world for football and I have been privileged to experience that first-hand, however I worry that these changes could impact the sport that I and millions of others love.

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  • “We've been without supporters in stadiums for over a year now and I know how much myself and the team have missed them in each and every game. Fans and players should always have a voice and their opinion should always be counted.”

    Woodward’s resignation will end an eight-year tenure with the club, taking over from David Gill as he left with Sir Alex Ferguson.

    But he has proved an unpopular figure over his management of transfers at the club, even leading to attacks on his home.

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