Luke Shaw reportedly hit out at Ed Woodward for treating Manchester United players "like children" during a call to discuss plans for the now-disbanded European Super League.
United were one of the 12 founding members of the breakaway league alongside fellow Premier League rivals, Arsenal, Manchester City, Chelsea, Liverpool, and Tottenham. But all the clubs, except Barcelona, Real Madrid, and Juventus, withdrew their support for the league within 72 hours following fan backlash.
According to The Athletic, Shaw and Bruno Fernandes were furious that Woodward had not spoken to them about United’s involvement in the ESL. The report added that the 26-year-old believed the outgoing executive vice-chairman treated the United players "like children" or like "assets".
The report further claims that the players were "genuinely concerned" over the risk to their respective international careers amid UEFA’s stern warnings to players who would participate in the breakaway league.
Joel Glazer issued a public apology to fans after protests at Old Trafford saw the game with Liverpool postponed. "Over the past few days, we have all witnessed the great passion which football generates, and the deep loyalty our fans have for this great club," he said.
"You made very clear your opposition to the European Super League, and we have listened. We got it wrong, and we want to show that we can put things right.
"Although the wounds are raw and I understand that it will take time for the scars to heal, I am personally committed to rebuilding trust with our fans and learning from the message you delivered with such conviction."