By Rob Draper and Nick Harris for The Mail on Sunday
Published: 22:30 GMT, 23 January 2021 | Updated: 01:32 GMT, 24 January 2021
Manchester United are understood to have distanced themselves from proposals for a European Super League after FIFA and UEFA's strong stance last week against the plan effectively made it unsustainable.
And a source close to the Premier League also described the Super League blueprint, for a 15-team closed-shop league with only five qualifying spots, as 'deeply damaging to the fabric of the game.'
The plan, which emerged last week and promised a £310 million joining fee plus the chance to earn £213m a season from the league, is driven by Real Madrid, Juventus and the former Barcelona president Josep-Maria Bartomeu and would have led to United, Liverpool, Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester City and Tottenham being invited to join.
Manchester United are expected to walk away from proposals for a European Super League
United chief Ed Woodward will have seen both FIFA and UEFA's strong stance against plans
But the closing of ranks by football's authorities will make it much more difficult for Real Madrid