Manchester United's pure greed over Super League plans is sickening and embarrassing
Shameless. Embarrassing. Greedy. Just three words to describe Manchester United right now.
Yes that’s right, the club we all love and cherish, is seeing it’s name dragged through the mud, by nature of it’s own pursuit of money.
The club announced on the official website plans to join a European Super League. Naturally the club did not tweet it out.
The statement was backed by Joel Glazer, who is according to The Mail, set to become the vice-chairman of the Super League.
Super League sham
The Super League is being framed as an alternative to the Champions League. But it’s not.
It is a locked-in competition for the most greedy, no matter how well the teams perform in the Premier League.
How else do you explain 9th placed Arsenal getting an invite, a club which has not played a Champions League game since 2017.
Bayern Munich and PSG are for now not involved, declining the invitation.
So what is so special about being in another league with Arsenal and Tottenham?
The answer, lies in the money. The new competition is set to net each club approximately £300 million.
That is why the clubs are so desperate for this. But at what real cost is this truly worth?
Sanctions, bans, and confusion
UEFA insist they will sanction clubs who sign up for the competition. Players who involve could be banned from the European Championships, if not this one, then the next tournament.
There will be a loss of Champions League money to offset the gains from the Super League, so the expected £300 million gain will need some subtractions.
There could be domestic bans too if the Premier League get involved. UEFA’s earlier statement warning against the idea was a joint one with Premier League and La Liga.
There are even doubts as to whether this year’s competitions will be completed. What a slap in the face that would be to this group of United players and staff who have worked so hard.
The tournament is supposedly planned to begin from this August. Currently there is no broadcaster, and it will probably be a new service which requires fan sign-up. More money for fans.
Fans come last
What none of the clubs have done here is engage with supporters. If they had, they would have been warned it was a terrible idea.
Nobody wants this. Where are the benefits to supporters? Who wants to watch more midweek games between United and Tottenham?
Watching United in European competitions against English clubs is never fun. We don’t want to see more of it, and we would get it by a bucketload, with English clubs making up 50 per cent of the entrants to the competition.
History is being lost
Fans who were not around to watch it grew up hearing about the legends of United’s European Cup winning side in 1968. When the club won the Champions League in 1999 it felt special, and again in 2008.
Now United are publicly detaching themselves from this history. The competition win which players and staff died in 1958 trying to win, in the tragic Munich air disaster.
How can United turn their back on this so brazenly?
Sir Alex Ferguson became the manager he did because of his Cup Winners’ success with Aberdeen, an unfancied side which defied the odds to win a major trophy.
Under the proposed plans, these type of fairytale stories won’t exist in the Super League. It will be a closed shop to the entrants, a racket for top clubs, aimed at guaranteed television money each year.
This is what has upset the Glazers, et al. United have missed out on Champions League qualification several times since 2014, Liverpool are at risk of doing so this year, Arsenal and Tottenham have no chance, and in Italy, Juventus are at risk of missing out.
All these clubs want guaranteed money, based on reputation and not quality. It undercuts the whole competitive nature of football.
Why should a team be bothered whether they finish second or 17th in the Premier League, so long as they get a slice of the Super League cash, they are fine.
United have behaved responsibly during the pandemic, deciding not to furlough staff, and have star player Marcus Rashford literally feeding the poor.
Now United are looking to solidify their status as one of the world’s richest clubs, and shut the poorer clubs out.
It really is sickening, and supporters of United will be wondering today how it came to this.
The Glazers are at the heart of it, and deserve our full scorn. There is real hostility towards these plans, and it does not feel like there is a happy resolution here without a full U-turn.
Football suddenly feels a lot more hollow. The Glazers want to attract new fans to the club with this plan, but there are on a fast route to losing the supporters that have been there through everything.
United have embarrassed us all with this pursuit of money. The club should read the room and backtrack before it really is too late.
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