Isn't it obvious? It was Glazers' idea that was supposed to be carried out by Woodward. All behind Ole's and players' backs. Once it was all over they simple thought that everyone would have to accept it since the clubs had already agreed on everything, and that, as Daysleeper said, people will get over it. Same goes for other clubs.None of the 6 actually deserve any praise. Infact it's even more embarrassing for City, Chelsea and United to pull out so early. It make them look even more incompetent. Why bother with this in the first place? Whose idea was it?
But they obviously didn't count on the consequences, threats by UEFA and even English government, the fact that the fans would be so angry that they would, say, block the street as Chelsea's fans did, that players would be pissed off and all other things that in the end made them surrender.