Former Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson has said that a European Super League breakaway would be a departure from 70 years of football history and fans would prefer the Champions League.
Sources told ESPN on Sunday that the 15 biggest clubs in Europe were in talks to start a separatist league, scheduled to begin in time for the 2023–24 season, with $ 6 billion (£ 4.3 billion sterling). The fund was.
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In total, six Premier League clubs, including United, had signed plans for a new league that would rival the UEFA Champions League.
Ferguson, who won the Champions League twice with United after enjoying European success with Scottish club Aberdeen, told Reuters that he enjoyed “special nights” in the Champions League.
“To speak of a Super League is to go away from 70 years of European club football,” he told Reuters. “Both as a player for the Dunframeline provincial team in the 60s and as a coach in Aberdeen for a small provincial club in Scotland to win the European Cup Winners’ Cup, it was like climbing Mount Everest.
“Everton are spending £ 500 million to build a new stadium with the ambition to play in the Champions League. Fans love the competition.
“During my time at United we played four Champions League finals and they have always been the most special nights.
He said: “I am not sure that Manchester United are involved because I am not part of the decision-making process.”
The UK government has also commented on the plans, with Culture Minister Olivier Dowden stating: “Football fans are the heart of our national sport and all important decisions must be supported.
“With many fans, we are concerned that the scheme could create a closed store at the top of our national game. “
Gary Neville, a former Ferguson captain, interrupted his remarks about Sky Sports’ coverage of the United States of Burnley.
“I am not against the modernization of football competitions, with the Premier League we have the Champions League,” he said.
“But in the midst of the economic crisis that exists for all clubs, making a proposal in the middle of COVID is a common scam.
“United and the other six big clubs who have signed up against the rest of the Premier League matches should be ashamed of themselves.
“Is there an arsenal?” They just draw with Fulham, Manchester United along with Burnley. I can’t concentrate on the game. Joining the Super League for the season is a joke, they should deduct points out of all six. . ”
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