Sir Alex Ferguson responds to European Super League proposals

Manchester United legend Sir Alex Ferguson says European Super League would be a ‘move away from 70 years of football history’, with the Red Devils one of six Premier League sides who are set to be involved

  • There have been reports that clubs could take part in a European Super League  
  • Manchester United are one of six Premier League clubs who could be involved 
  • Sir Alex Ferguson says the proposal would end ’70 years of football history’ 

Former Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson says a breakaway European Super League would be a move away from 70 years of football history and that fans love the Champions League as it is.

Media reports on Sunday said that six Premier League clubs, including United, had signed up to plans for a breakaway league which would be a rival to UEFA’s Champions League.

Ferguson, who won the Champions League twice with Manchester United after having European success with Scottish club Aberdeen, said that he enjoyed ‘special nights’ in the Champions League.

Manchester United legend Sir Alex Ferguson has hit out at plans for a European Super League

‘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,’ he told Reuters.

‘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,’ he said.

‘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 Manchester United are involved in this, as I am not part of the decision making process,’ he added.

Manchester United are one of six Premier League sides who could sign up for the super league

Gary Neville, Ferguson’s former captain, interrupted his commentary on Sky Sports’ coverage of United’s match against Burnley to criticise the breakaway plans.

‘I think to bring forward proposals in the midst of COVID, in the midst of the economic crisis, is an absolute scandal,’ he said.

‘United, and the rest of the ‘Big Six’ clubs that have signed up to it, against the rest of the Premier League, should be ashamed of themselves,’ he said.

‘I can’t concentrate on the game… they should deduct all six teams that have signed up to it. Deduct points from them all,’ he said.




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