Manchester United’s stance, it is understood, is that the club view the European Super League as actually good in the long-term for football, as a whole. The belief is the ESL will be a far superior product to the Champions League as it is to pit the strongest teams with the best players against each other on a regular basis. This will strengthen the game in the short-term too, is the stance, and will also mean the best chance of recruiting new fans while also ensuring United’s current ones are kept on board.
United believe a bigger financial pie will be created which will mean larger solidarity payments for the rest of football than currently on offer. There is a concession that those clubs in the ESL will not play in the Champs League but, again, the view is that the latter competition can still continue. On the “closed shop” of guaranteed sides, the stance is that places remain open so while the dream is narrowed of competing against the very best it remains alive.
There is a view that Covid has not created but exposed clubs’ overspending and un-sustainability and so the ESL will allow financial frameworks and limited profit to be imposed to secure their future. All concerns of fans and other of the game’s constituencies are acknowledged and understood but the hope is that in time, just as the Champions League, Premier League, and Matt Busby taking United into the European Cup against the FA wishes, the ESL will be accepted as a vital refresh/evolution of the game.
The club point to how, say, United-Real Madrid, Manchester City-Juventus, and etc, is far more popular with TV audience numbers and etcetera than United, City and the rest versus smaller continental teams which occurs in what is viewed as a tame-ish group stage. Again, United accept they cannot be 100% sure of “overkill” of regular glamour fixtures but believe they are on firm ground. As they do with regard to their legal position though they don’t want this issue to be decided in court as they wish to be a constructive process involving ongoing dialogue with Uefa.
Claim it is the ESL is not a breakaway league as its midweek calendar allows domestic league and cup competitions to continue. Accept players will have a range of views. Not expected to be any on the record comment today from the club. United, the insistence is, do not wish to alienate any fan due to their participation in the ESL …