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Ten Hag unopposed to Super League despite criticism over new format

Ten Hag unopposed to ESL despite criticism over new format

Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag has delivered his verdict on the European Super League (ESL) (via The Athletic).

The proposed new format reportedly excludes Premier League teams, but Ten Hag is not opposed to the idea of the previously rejected tournament

The breakaway European competition organised specifically for Europe’s most elite clubs was first floated back in April 2021.

However, it instantly received backlash, especially from fans who saw the competition as a threat to the current set-up.

Spearheaded by the powers-that-be at Real Madrid, Barcelona and Juventus, the ESL has returned with a more inclusive format.

The new proposal will not allow for any permanent members as it would be based on sporting performance, while a multi-divisional format comprising between 60 to 80 teams would also be followed.

When asked about the concept, Ten Hag said: “I’m aware of the dynamic of what’s going on in sections, but if I see they’re coming up with new ideas, I have to have a look at it, and I will make an opinion. So I’m not aware because we are playing so many games in this moment.

“We have to develop this team – we have some problems with new players to bring in, so that’s where my focus point is, therefore I need all my energy.

“I think the current structure is good, but there will always be initiatives to make it better, to make the football better, and that is what life is; people always want to construct better, which is a good thing because if it is in favour of the football, it is always good.”

Man United are preparing for a second date with relegation strugglers Leeds United after completing a sensational comeback to secure a point in the 2-2 draw at Old Trafford.

The Red Devils head into the weekend third in the table, but victory over Leeds will see them temporarily climb above local rivals Manchester City into second place.

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