Manchester United star Bruno Fernandes was reportedly considering an exit at Old Trafford last season such was his distain at the club’s involvement with the European Super League.
The controversial plans were sunk almost as soon as they were made public, but United’s involvement was enough to anger players and fans’ alike. United, led by Ed Woodward, were one of 12 clubs to sign up to the proposals, which would have taken six Premier League clubs out of the Premier League and Champions League.
However, the plans were met with staunch criticism, especially at Old Trafford, where fans forced the postponement of their home game with Liverpool in May.
Hundreds of United supporters gathered outside the stadium to protest against the Glazer family. A significant group broke into the ground and made it onto the pitch. While United fans also blocked the two teams into their hotels nearby.
But the anger was not just limited to the club’s fans. Luke Shaw was critical of the club’s involvement on a Zoom call with Woodward and director of football John Murtough on April 19.
While Fernandes was said to be furious over the aborted plans.
‘Dreams can’t be bought’
On April 20, just a day after the official announcement, Fernandes wrote on Instagram: “Dreams can’t be bought”.
He was responding to a post from Wolves forward Daniel Podence which read: “The Ball. The Song. The Dream. The Zidane’s volley. Kaka’s Solo. Liverpool In Athens. Ole in Barcelona. Cris and Seedorf. There some things we just can’t really pay for it.”
And The Athletic now report that Fernandes was so incensed that he contemplated submitting a transfer request at the club.
As cited by The Metro and The Express, the 27-year-old was furious with the club’s plans and was willing to leave the club.
Fernandes felt the proposals went against what the club and the fans stand for.
Woodward’s surprise exit was amicable with the owners and reportedly unrelated to the Super League. Whether or not Fernandes’ input in the affair triggered Woodward’s departure is unclear.
Fernandes, who smashed 28 goals last season, made it clear he was not happy. But he never got as far as formalising his thoughts.
The Athletic have further explored the “theories linger about Ed Woodward’s exact role” in the doomed European Super League an “the secrecy around the plot”.