Ole Gunnar Solskjaer compares disastrous European Super League plan to a BOMB as Manchester United manager expresses relief in the failure of the breakaway league and demands football retain its ‘competitive instinct’
- Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has compared the European Super League to a ‘bomb’
- Football was this week rocked by the threat of the devised breakaway league
- However, amid widespread backlash Manchester United have dropped out
- And Solskjaer has expressed relief in the failure of the controversial plot
Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says the European Super League was like a bomb going off and is glad it collapsed.
United were one of the founder members of the ESL, but it fell apart in the face of fierce opposition from clubs, fans and players across Europe.
Solskjaer condemned the idea of a closed shop of elite clubs because it went against the spirit of competition in sport.
‘It was a bomb that came on Sunday,’ said the United boss before Sunday’s trip to Leeds.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has described the disastrous European Super League as a ‘bomb’
‘We were finally going to have a week without a midweek match when we could have some quiet preparation for the Leeds game, and it hit.
‘I think this was a bad idea and a bad concept. I didn’t like the way it came out – that no managers, players or fans have been involved in it.
‘I’m very happy that all the clubs have admitted their mistake. I think everyone saw that this came out wrong and that it would have been wrong.’
United were one of 12 clubs to sign up to the breakaway league earlier this week
However, amid widespread backlash, all six participating English clubs have dropped out
Speaking to Norway’s TV2, Solskjaer added: ‘I am completely opposed to a sport where you know in advance that it doesn’t matter how we perform this year because we can do it next year. That’s against my principles as a sportsman.
‘The worst thing about it for me is that sport, and that competitive instinct, must always be there. You always have to earn what you win, that’s how I’ve always been.
‘We want to be part of European football, but we want to be part of it because we deserve it on the pitch. You have to earn the right.
‘If you have something to fight for and work against, you also have something you’re afraid of. I’ve always lived with that fear of failure.
‘In order for you to get the best out of yourself, you have to get out of your comfort zone. You really have to go for it. Live on the edge, as they say.’
Solskjaer insisted that the ‘competitive instinct’ must remain in football amid the fallout
Pressure is growing on the club’s controversial owners – the Glazers – to sell the Red Devils
United’s role in the shambolic ESL has thrust the Glazer family back into the spotlight.
Lord O’Neill and Sir Paul Marshall – two of the original Red Knights consortium who tried to oust the Americans in a £1.25billion takeover in 2010 – wrote to chairman Joel Glazer on Friday urging the owners to give up their controlling interest in the club.
Solskjaer was asked about his relationship with his employers and executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward who announced in the wake of the debacle that he is standing down at the end of the year.
‘I’ve always had a good working relationship with the club and the owners,’ he said. ‘Of course, behind the walls of the building we speak and they listen to my opinions.
‘I will work as long as Man United want me to work here. Hopefully we can end the season successfully and Ed is part of that.’
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