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Man Utd’s Solskjaer and Arsenal’s Arteta play dumb over European Super League

The new breakaway league could be announced tonight (Pictures: Getty Images)

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer claims he is completely unaware of reports Manchester United will join a new breakaway European Super League, joining Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta in pleading ignorance.

The Premier League’s ‘big six’ – United, Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City and Tottenham – are believed to have signed a letter of intent to join a new elite competition that would replace the Champions League with Barcelona, Real Madrid, Juventus, Inter and AC Milan also involved.

Uefa and a host of footballing governing bodies, including the FA and Premier League, have slammed the plans and threatened to do everything in their power to block the breakaway – including bans in domestic competitions.

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer joins Mikel Arteta in playing dumb over European Super League

United beat Burnley 3-1 to solidify their position in second spot (Picture: Getty)

There has already been a huge backlash to the news, with supporters’ groups also condemning the plans, while United legend Gary Neville was fuming when the reports filtered through while he was on commentary duty during the Red Devils’ win over Burnley.

Neville initially called for the clubs involved to be docked points, then later suggested United, Arsenal and Liverpool should be relegated, but Solskjaer claimed to know nothing of the European Super League plans when questioned after the 3-1 win over Burnley.

‘I’ve seen this morning, as you, the news about it and the speculations so I can’t really say too much,’ he told Sky Sports.

‘My focus has just been on this game and I got the news today as well.’

Probed further, he continued: ‘I haven’t looked into it, I’ve just been focusing on this game. I just need to sit down and see what it is and the club will probably comment on it later.’

Asked if he was worried by a potential ban on playing in the Premier League if they sign up to the breakaway league, Solskjaer added: ‘As I said, I’ve not seen anything.

‘I don’t really know all the ins and outs. I need to find out and then the club, or clubs, can issue a comment probably.’

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer joins Mikel Arteta in playing dumb over European Super League

Arteta was also questioned on Arsenal’s involvement in the European Super League (Getty)

Arsenal boss Arteta was similarly evasive on the rumours, saying he ‘did not know anything about it’ before later adding: ‘Once I know every detail and I have all the information then I can evaluate and give you my opinion.’

Sky Sports pundits Roy Keane and Micah Richards were both sympathetic towards Solskjaer, with the Irishman saying: ‘It’s difficult after a game, hopefully he’ll speak over the next day or two.

‘But Ole is a good, honest guy. He obviously works for Manchester United but hopefully he’ll come out in the next day or two and make a proper statement on where he stands on it.’

Richards, who like Keane was extremely critical of the ‘greedy’ plans for a breakaway league, added: ‘He’s been thrown under the bus there. He’s not the one making the decision.’


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