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Solskjaer & Sir Alex Ferguson respond to claims of Man United’s push for European Super League

Solskjaer & Sir Alex Ferguson respond to claims of Man United’s push for European Super League

 

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was keen to brush off the subject, when drawn on the mounting claims of the imminent formation of a European Super League, on the back of Manchester United’s victory over Burnley on Sunday.

Greenwood shines

The Red Devils were of course back in action a short time ago.

Solskjaer and co. welcomed Sean Dyche’s Clarets to Old Trafford, for a Premier League showdown.

United headed into proceedings with their tails up, after making it four wins on the bounce in booking their spot in the semi-finals of the Europa League during the week.

And, when all was said and done this evening, the Manchester giants made it five from five.

Mason Greenwood proved the star of the show, bagging a brace either side of James Tarkowski’s 2nd-half equaliser:

Edinson Cavani then rounded out the scoring at Old Trafford deep into injury-time, slotting home fellow substitute Donny van de Beek’s pull-back from the left.

‘Can’t really say…’

Man United, in turn, have climbed to within eight points of Manchester City at the Premier League’s summit.

As outlined above, however, it was not his side’s display, nor the eventual result, which took centre stage in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s post-match interview on Sky Sports this evening.

Instead, it was the widespread speculation surrounding the potential formation of a European Super League, a story which has of course gripped the continent on Sunday.

Solskjaer, however, remained understandably tight-lipped regarding the subject, assuring that he, like fans across Europe, was first made aware of the advanced nature of the situation earlier today:

‘I’ve seen this morning, like you, the news and the speculation so I can’t really say too much.’

‘My focus has just been on this game and I got the news today as well.’

‘I haven’t looked into it, I’ve just been focusing on this game. I just need to sit down and see what it is and the club will probably comment on it later.’

When pressed further, the United boss added:

‘As I said, I’ve not seen any. I don’t really know all the ins and outs, so I need to find out, then the clubs can issue comment.’

‘A move away from 70 years of Europan football’

Elsewhere, meanwhile, another high-profile figure long associated with ongoings at Old Trafford has also provided his take on plans for a Super League.

Speaking to the Reuters news agency, Sir Alex Ferguson revealed his utter disdain for the proposition, explaining:

‘Talk of a Super League is a move away from 70 years of European club football. 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.’

‘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.’

‘In my time at United, we played in four Champions League finals and they were always the most special of nights.’

‘I’m not sure [if] Manchester United are involved in this, as I am not part of the decision making process.’

 

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This article was edited by Josh Barker.

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