Alex Ferguson has never been shy to voice his opinion and he did just that last weekend.
As plans emerged on Sunday evening that six Premier League clubs, including Manchester United, intended to break off into a European Super League, a number of managers and senior players knew little more of the proposals than supporters.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer didn’t have much time to prepare for questions about the club’s decision as the United boss was only made aware of the plans shortly before kick-off against Burnley on Sunday.
The Athletic reports that legendary former United manager Alex Ferguson was unhappy that it was left to Solskjaer to answer questions about the European Super League plans.
"I can't say too much, my focus has been on this game."
— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) April 18, 2021
Ferguson remains fiercely protective of Solskjaer and he was none too pleased that United’s hierarchy forced the responsibility on the Norwegian to discuss the club’s stance on the European Super League when he had very little information.
The report adds that Ferguson may have reached out to Solskjaer to discuss the situation before the Scot gave a scathing assessment of the plans, which have since been abandoned by United and the five other Premier League clubs involved.
“Talk of a Super League is a move away from 70 years of European club football,” Ferguson told Reuters.
“Both as a player for a provincial team Dunfermline in the 60s and as a manager at Aberdeen winning the European Cup Winners’ Cup, for a small provincial club in Scotland it was like climbing Mount Everest.”
The plans for United, Manchester City, Liverpool, Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur to represent England in the European Super League didn’t last long as each club responded to the unprecedented fan backlash by withdrawing from the contentious competition little over 48 hours after announcing their participation.
We will not be participating in the European Super League.#MUFC
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) April 20, 2021
Ferguson made it clear that he was opposed to the concept of a European Super League and recalled the “most special of nights” competing in Champions League finals with Manchester United.
“Everton are spending £500 million to build a new stadium with the ambition to play in Champions League. Fans all over love the competition as it is,” Ferguson added.
“In my time at United, we played in four Champions League finals and they were always the most special of nights.”
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