Manchester United players 'seriously unimpressed' by European Super League announcement

Woodward confronted over bad timing, while Spurs players forced Levy’s hand with Mourinho.

SOCCER: Ed Woodward held an emergency briefing with "seriously unimpressed" Manchester United players at Carrington on Monday morning, according to the Daily Mail.

However, it turns out it is not the European Super League proposal the players are angered by but the way in which the story broke.

The Daily Mail says insiders have disclosed that some of the squad felt Solskjaer was thrown under the bus when left to face questions from Sky after the story had broken during their 3-1 victory over Burnley on Sunday.

"Some of the players were seriously unimpressed," the source explained. "Not only that they were left to find out by the media about what had happened but that their manager was left to face the press when the owners had concocted this.

"Woodward attempted to appease them but the response was lukewarm at best. It hasn't gone down well with many of them."

The formation of a European Super League is still in the balance it seems when it comes to bookies Paddy Power. They price the chances of the 'Big Six' playing a European Super League match before 2025 as 5/6, the same odds as them not playing a European Super League match before that date.

They also quote Leicester City at 12/1 to win the 2021/22 Premier League, with West Ham and Everton 14/1.

Vieira being considered for Palace job

SOCCER: Crystal Palace are considering former Arsenal midfielder Patrick Vieira as a replacement for manager Roy Hodgson.

The Athletic report that the former Nice boss is part of a shortlist which also includes Frank Lampard, Sean Dyche and Eddie Howe.

Neither manager Roy Hodgson or the club have revealed their plans for the 2021/22 campaign - Hodgson, 73, is out of contract in the summer.

Howe is already seen as a very firm favourite to take the vacant Celtic role (4/9 with Betfair), while Dyche has recently spoken positively about talks with the new Burnley hierarchy.

Despite the Vieira links, the Palace job still appears to be Lampard's if he wants it.

Betfair price Selhurst Park at 1/3 to be the former Chelsea manager's next destination.

England Under-21 boss is 3/1, with Bournemouth 5/1.

Vieira, meanwhile, is 10/1 to become the next Arsenal manager, also with Betfair.

'Spurs players wanted Mourinho out'

SOCCER: The Sun say that a players' revolt led to the sacking of Jose Mourinho at Tottenham.

Several of them went to see chairman Daniel Levy to complain about the Special One's tactics and methods, according to The Sun.

When Mourinho blamed the players for Spurs' failure to win the Europa League and close in on a top-four finish, several 'Mourinho loyalists' voiced their concerns.

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And, with Hugo Loris and Harry Kane believed to be among those unhappy, Levy had to act.

Former Tottenham midfielder Ryan Mason will now take charge until the end of the season, including Sunday's Carabao Cup final against Manchester City.

Spurs are 11/4 to win the cup with Sky Bet.

The Daily Mail report that Red Bull Leipzig boss Julian Nagelsmann is Levy's preferred candidate to replace Mourinho.

Nagelsmann is 5/2 favourite with Sky Bet, with Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers 4/1.

Mason is 12/1 to hang on to the role.

* All odds correct at time of publication

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