Ole Gunnar Solskjaer Breaks Silence and Gives His Take on the European Super League Events
Woodward Had a ‘Very, Very Good Working Relationship’ With Solskjaer
Ed Woodward resigned from his post as executive vice-chairman due to the European Super League and claimed he ‘could not support the idea’, despite being reportedly heavily involved in the discussions around the league from early in the process.
Speaking at a press conference ahead of the Red Devils’ clash with Leeds United, Solskjaer was asked about the resignation of Woodward to which he replied: “Football is emotions. I have had a very, very good working relationship with Ed. We have to move on without him.
“I will work as long as United want me here and hopefully we can end the season successfully. Ed would be part of that.”
On the Glazers who remain in charge of Manchester United, Solskjaer said: “I am so happy all the owners have agreed it was a mistake. I have always had a good working relationship with the club and the owners. We speak, they listen to my opinions.”
United Boss Says he Never Liked the Concept of the Breakaway League
Solskjaer was asked about his thoughts on the events that unfolded at the beginning of the week with his club signing up to a breakaway league, before pulling out of the competition two days later.
Solskjaer had not spoken about the Super League since after the game against Burnley last Sunday. He claimed to know as much as the rest of us regarding the news at the time.
Asked for his thoughts after everything had unfolded, the Norwegian said: “First of all, I’m very happy the fans have voiced their opinion and that we’ve listened to them, In a strange sort of way, it’s brought the football pyramid and community together and I think that’s important, and I’m very happy.
“I’m a supporter myself, and there’ll be a day when I come back and watch Man United and I wanna watch a Man United team with a fear of failure.
“I didn’t like the concept anyway, it has to be on sporting merit, I want to earn the right to play in Europe, we know we’ve been pioneers and we’ve been in Europe for many, many years, with the Busby Babes, we want to be part of a successful European campaign again.
“One of my best nights was something we worked really hard towards. To get to that, that fear of failure, you can’t be given it because your name is such and such, you have to earn the right to be there.”
Solskjaer Breaks Silence – ‘Happy’ that ‘Mistake’ Has Been Realised
The United manager is glad that all of the English clubs have realised their mistake and pulled out of plans for the competition “I’ve always felt and believed in stepping out of your comfort zone, being afraid of failure,” he added.
“That spurs you on, living on the edge a little bit, and that wasn’t part of this. For me, I’m very happy all of the clubs that have admitted their mistake this was a bad idea and the way it came out as well. Just when we’re talking about getting fans back into the stadium, we get this.
“We were looking forward to getting fans back in the stadium the last two games of the season and then weren’t able to look forward to it. But the fans – we have a banner at Old Trafford that ‘football is nothing without fans’ and we’ve felt that for a year. It’s been a difficult year but now, just when we’re gonna welcome them back we get this.
Solskjaer also emphasised the importance for him and his team to be playing in the Champions League next season. He said: “The preparation for the Leeds game was a little bit different, but then again that’s part of being in this industry and this club. Man United is the biggest club in the world, we want to be part of European football. Like my players last season, they were excellent.”