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What Man United chief Ed Woodward thinks about Uefaandapos;s Champions League proposals

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With Manchester United missing out on Champions League football next season, Ed Woodward believes the radical changes being explored to the format of continental club competitions are "partly driven by domestic leagues across Europe not necessarily thriving".

Moving Champions League games to the weekend and introducing a promotion and relegation system are reported to be two of the ideas that have been floated in Uefa proposals which could come into effect in 2024.

United's executive vice-chairman Woodward is keeping an open mind the regarding the proposals, which could lead to an increase in the number of featured teams - a change which would almost certainly benefit the Red Devils, who will miss out on lucrative Champions League football for the 2019-20 season.



"We're doing that ourselves together with our colleagues in the Premier League and the ECA (European Club Association).

Speaking on a conference call to United's investors, he said: "This is partly driven by domestic leagues across Europe not necessarily thriving and there being a desire from the clubs that are toward the top of those leagues to play more European games, which perhaps are more competitive.

"If you look at the year just about to finish, 80 teams competed in the two competitions and the proposal for (2024) is 128 teams so a greater than 50 per cent increase in the number of teams playing in Europe.

"From a timeline perspective we can expect to hear more and more feedback on progress around this through 2019 and so therefore maybe clarity and somewhere around from six to nine months from now."
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