Man Utd assistant Phelan disagrees with Woodward’s stance on Premier League PPV

Manchester United manager Mike Phelan has hit out at the Premier League's pay-per-view plan which club chief Ed Woodward voted in favour for.

Phelan has described the decision to charge viewers £14.95 to watch games not picked by BT Sport and Sky Sports for ordinary coverage as "harsh".

Various reports stated Woodward was opposed to the idea but it has since emerged that only Leicester voted against the proposal in a shareholders meeting.

The decision has been widely condemned, including by the government, and now Phelan has added his two cents worth.

"I think it's just the nature of the game," Phelan told Sensible Soccer.

"They're always trying to push the boat out a little bit more. We're one of those pay-per-views this weekend and when it comes to pay-per-view it seems to be Man United, because I do think they command that pay-per-view audience.

"It seems a little bit harsh from my point of view and in particular the circumstances we find ourselves in.

"I think it's important the game projects itself as an instrument now to make people a little bit happier in the face of all this disturbance we live in at the moment and I always think football should be free to air, anyway.

"But then again others will say it's a business and it pays your wages, that's what they would say. So who am I to cause trouble over that?

"But the more people watching the game and the more people coming to the games – that's the important thing – we've got to talk about no crowds and everyone wants crowds. It's not the same without a crowd, it's definitely a different approach to football.

"I think a lot more mistakes are being made because there are no crowds and crowds keep you on your toes. I think professionals react to football crowds and people react to professional footballers.

"So I think the quicker – in a safe way – we can get people back into stadiums I think will be a benefit to everybody. But along the way people are going to make money."

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