Joel Glazer has confirmed Manchester United's support for a new European Super League in a statement.
A press release entitled 'LEADING EUROPEAN FOOTBALL CLUBS ANNOUNCE NEW SUPER LEAGUE COMPETITION’ was published at 11.10pm on Sunday night, carrying quotes from the United co-chairman and Real Madrid president Florentino Perez.
It confirmed United, AC Milan, Arsenal, Atlético Madrid, Chelsea, Barcelona, Inter Milan, Juventus, Liverpool, Manchester City, Real Madrid, and Tottenham are the founding clubs and promised three other clubs would join ahead of the inaugural season.
The Super League would be a midweek competition and the 12 clubs intend to commence it as 'soon as practicable'.
United failed to respond to requests for any comment when news of the Super League broke on Sunday. Executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward was not in attendance for their 3-1 Premier League win over Burnley and the club's director of communications was not present, either.
Glazer, who has not attended a United game since they hosted Barcelona in the Champions League quarter-finals in April 2019, Perez and Juventus president Andrea Agnelli were the only figures quoted in the statement.
Glazer said: “By bringing together the world’s greatest clubs and players to play each other throughout the season, the Super League will open a new chapter for European football, ensuring world-class competition and facilities, and increased financial support for the wider football pyramid.”
Perez promised: “We will help football at every level and take it to its rightful place in the world. Football is the only global sport in the world with more than four billion fans and our responsibility as big clubs is to respond to their desires.”
Agnelli added: “Our 12 Founder clubs represent billions of fans across the globe and 99 European trophies. We have come together at this critical moment, enabling European competition to be transformed, putting the game we love on a sustainable footing for the long-term future, substantially increasing solidarity, and giving fans and amateur players a regular flow of headline fixtures that will feed their passion for the game while providing them with engaging role models."
The Super League plans have been widely denounced. Sir Alex Ferguson and Gary Neville, the former United manager and captain, effectively denounced Glazer's plans, having refused to speak out against the family's toxic takeover of United in 2005.
United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was repeatedly asked about the Super League during his post-match media duties but did not voice an opinion.
Joel Glazer has not directly communicated to United supporters since his introductory interview with MUTV in May 2005, aired shortly after his family completed their takeover of United., which saddled the club with hundreds of millions of debt they have still not paid off.