Ole Gunnar Solskjaer on European Super League exit, Manchester United fan power... and Ed Woodward resignation

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 (Action Images via Reuters)
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Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has branded the European Super League a “bad idea” and is happy that supporters showed their anger to spark an exodus of clubs from the proposals.

The Old Trafford giants were among 12 founding clubs confirmed as part of the breakaway competition late on Sunday evening, but those plans swiftly and spectacularly unravelled.

United co-chairman Joel Glazer, who was announced as Super League vice-chairman, admitted they “got it wrong” after embarrassingly withdrawing from the competition on Tuesday evening, with executive vice chairman Ed Woodward confirming he will step down at the end of 2021.

Solskjaer, speaking for the first time, said: “I’m very happy that 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 or community together and I think that’s important and I’m very happy... I’m a supporter myself, and there’ll be a day that I’ll come back and watch Man United and I want to watch a team even with a fear of failure.

“That’s what I thought about it. I didn’t like the concept anyway because it has to be on sporting merit. I want to earn the right to play in Europe.”

The United boss added: “I’m very happy that all the clubs that have admitted their mistake, that this was a bad idea and the way that it came out as well.”

Solskjaer attempted to move onto Sunday’s match against Leeds after an initial lengthy answer on the Super League but questions continued to punctuate the press conference.

“You know what I’ve said about the Super League and I’m so happy that all the owners, all the clubs involved agreed that this was a mistake,” he said.

“I’ve always had a good working relationship with the club and the owners.

“Of course behind the walls of the building we speak, they listened to my opinions and we’re working to move Man United forward, of course.”

Woodward resigned amid the Super League chaos and will leave at the end of the year.

Asked if he had also considered his own future, Solskjaer said: “Football is emotions and emotions run high in football.

“I’ve had a very, very good working relationship with Ed. The club will have to move on without him and I’m sure Man United will always move on.

“I’ll work as long as Man United want me to work here and hopefully we can end this season successfully and Ed is part of that.”

Additional reporting by PA.

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