European Super League called CRIMINAL by Gary Neville as Man Utd join, Varane talks, Haaland contract boost

European Super League called CRIMINAL by Gary Neville as Man Utd join, Varane talks, Haaland contract boost

April 19, 2021

MANCHESTER UNITED have been blasted as CRIMINAL by former star Gary Neville over joining European Super League.

Meanwhile the Red Devils have reportedly been handed a boost in their pursuit of Erling Haaland and are also reportedly chasing Rafael Varane.

Stay up to date with our blog, below, for all the latest from Old Trafford…

  • William Pugh

    GOOD MORNING MAN UTD FANS

    Gary Neville called for points deductions for clubs involved in plans for a European Super League.

    Man Utd, Liverpool, Arsenal and Chelsea have reportedly agreed to the controversial proposals.

    The development of the Super League is seen as a rival to Uefa’s Champions League, which is set to be revamped with a new 36-team tournament to come into force in 2024.

    And Neville told Sky Sports: “Deduct them all points tomorrow – put them at the bottom of the league and take the money off them.

    “Seriously you have got to stamp on this, it’s criminal. It is a criminal act against football fans in this country. Make no mistake about it.

    “This is the biggest sport in the world, in this country and it’s a criminal act against the fans, simple as that.

    “Deduct points, deduct their money and punish them.”

    Meanwhile, on the pitch, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has insisted that United are happy to banish their recent Burnley hoodoo.

    Mason Greenwood scored twice and Edinson Cavani added a third in stoppage time to secure a 3-1 win at Old Trafford.

    And Solskjaer told BBC Sport: “Very happy with three points, we haven’t beat Burnley here since 2015. Good result, five wins on the bounce, that’s good form.

    “First half we started OK, got control but we couldn’t find the big openings and Burnley made it more of an end-to-end game, bit scrappy because they defended and attacked so well we couldn’t get a rhythm.

    “We played and ran in the second half, got chances and got the goal deservedly, you switched off for two seconds for the corner and that’s how it is against Burnley.”

    And finally on the transfer front, United could reportedly meet Atletico Madrid midfielder Saul Niguez’s release clause in the summer.

    The Daily Star have claimed that the Red Devils are ready to activate his £43m release clause as Solskjaer eyes up a new midfielder.

    Barcelona and Bayern Munich are also understood to be interested in the Spain international.

    But it has been stated that Saul could be tempted by a switch to the Premier League.

  • Joe Brophy

    SUPER LEAGUE FORMAT

    As per the proposals, the League will contain 20 participating clubs with 15 Founding Clubs and a qualifying mechanism for a further five teams to qualify annually based on achievements in the prior season.

    It will involve midweek fixtures with their plan that all participating clubs continuing to compete in their respective national leagues.

    An August start with clubs participating in two groups of ten, playing home and away fixtures, with the top three in each group automatically qualifying for the quarter finals.

    Teams finishing fourth and fifth will then compete in a two-legged play-off for the remaining quarter-final positions.

    A two-leg knockout format will be used to reach the final at the end of May, which will be staged as a single fixture at a neutral venue.

  • Joe Brophy

    UEFA HIT BACK

    Manchester United could be banned from all future Champions League's with the likes of Marcus Rashford out of the World Cup as a fallout from the Super League.

  • Joe Brophy

    SUPER LEAGUE STATEMENT

    “Twelve of Europe’s leading football clubs have today come together to announce they have agreed to establish a new mid-week competition, the Super League, governed by its Founding Clubs.

    “AC Milan, Arsenal , Atlético, Chelsea, Barcelona, Internazionale, Juventus, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United, Real Madrid and Tottenham have all joined.

    “Three more clubs are expected to join as Founding Clubs before the inaugural season, which is expected to start as soon as possible. In the future, the Founding Clubs look forward to consulting with UEFA and FIFA in order to work together.”

  • Joe Brophy

    GREEN WITH ENVY

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has heaped praise on Manchester United starlet Mason Greenwood.

    He said: “Fantastic, two very good goals coming in off the left at the moment. I feel his best position is to be more free on the right, face the goal and he showed that today.

    “We’ve always said this year has to be progress and improvement, we’ve got as many points as last season and then if we get some more we’ve got more than last season, that’s progress.

    "We want to finish with a trophy in the Europa League, we’ve got loads of games and loads to focus on.”

  • Joe Brophy

    ‘WAR OF FOOTBALL’

    Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand has had his say on European Super League plans.

  • Joe Brophy

    SOL SEARCHING

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has insisted that Manchester United are happy to banish their recent Burnley hoodoo.

    He told BBC Sport: “Very happy with three points, we haven’t beat Burnley here since 2015. Good result, five wins on the bounce, that’s good form.

    “First half we started OK, got control but we couldn’t find the big openings and Burnley made it more of an end-to-end game, bit scrappy because they defended and attacked so well we couldn’t get a rhythm.

    “We played and ran in the second half, got chances and got the goal deservedly, you switched off for two seconds for the corner and that’s how it is against Burnley.”

  • Joe Brophy

    SUBS

    EDINSON CAVANI – 7 (for Fred, 46 minutes)
    Gave Burnley something different to think about after coming on straight after half time, as he alternated between dropping deep and leading the charge.

    Scored the third and final goal to secure the win.

    DONNY VAN DE BEEK – 6 (for Rashford, 84 minutes)
    Assisted Cavani's goal in a brief cameo.

  • Joe Brophy

    FRED – 5
    Guilty of playing too deep when Burnley were hardly flooding the space in front of the United back four, and contributed little going forward.

    No surprise to see him make way for Cavani after a goal-less first half, with Solksjaer recognising the need for greater urgency.

    MARCUS RASHFORD – 8
    Playing his 51st match of a gruelling campaign – including a couple for England – but is showing no signs of fatigue.

    Good movement, held the ball up well and played in his fellow front men with some clever touches. Skinned Lowton and found Greenwood with a great ball for United’s goal.

    BRUNO FERNANDES – 5
    Precious few of those creative touches that can unlock any defence, possibly because he seemed rattled at some rough stuff dished out by Cork and Brownhill.

    Should have done better after being set up by Rashford, especially as Burnley were slow to close him down. But his step-over before Greenwood scored was worthy of an extra assist.

    PAUL POGBA – 7
    Seems to enjoy the physical battle the Clarets always present – he scored the only goal in the win at Turf Moor in January – and was right up for it again.

    Almost scored again early on, with a looping header that was clawed away from under the bar by Peacock-Farrell.

    MASON GREENWOOD – 8
    Another of those days where he was slow to get going, and he must still be wondering how he failed to get a touch on Rashford’s ball across the goal late in the first half.

    But just when you were wondering what all the fuss was about, he popped up with a typical strike, cutting in and finishing with the trusty left peg – before winning the game late on with a second goal.

  • Joe Brophy

    HARRY MAGUIRE – 5
    Must have known what a threat Wood would be in the air, and as the bigger of the United central defenders he really should have been picking up the Burnley striker more often.

    Was also found wanting when Tarkowski headed home from Westwood’s corner – the Burnley defender just seemed to want to get there more than his opposite number.

    LUKE SHAW – 7
    The usual pinpoint deliveries from dead balls, and hugged the left hand touchline to try to stretch the Burnley defence.

    Has become United’s Mr Consistent. Rarely seems to put a foot wrong, and Gudmundsson seemed to accept early on that trying to take on the left back was a waste of time.

    SCOTT MCTOMINAY – 6
    Plenty of huff and puff early on without threatening to produce the killer ball as Burnley kept plenty of men behind the ball.

    United’s half time change of formation seemed to suit him more, and picked up plenty of loose balls to keep his side pushing forward.

  • Joe Brophy

    RATINGS

    Here's what SunSport's David Facey thought of United's individual performances.

    DEAN HENDERSON – 5
    Could count himself lucky VAR ruled Wood was marginally offside when he headed into the unguarded net after just 15 seconds with the United keeper flapping at thin air.

    Decision-making seemed to suffer after that, but threw himself bravely at the Burnley striker’s feet soon after, knowing he was likely to get clattered.

    AARON WAN-BISSAKA – 6
    Did not need much encouragement to get forward and delivered a peach of a cross to find Pogba for United’s best first half effort.

    Walked a bit of a tightrope in defence after a clumsy foul on Brownhill saw him yellow carded after just 26 minutes.

    VICTOR LINDELOF – 6
    Hit plenty of those trademark diagonal balls from deep positions, and enjoyed the extra time he was given by Burnley’s decision to play only one man up front for a change.

    Did not enjoy having Wood breathing down his neck when the Clarets were driving forward as much, but was alert to the threat posed by Brownhill trying to support the lone striker.

  • Joe Brophy

    CLUB MUST ANSWER TO FANS

    Prime minister Boris Johnson has released a short statement on Twitter addressing plans for a European Super League.

  • Joe Brophy

    PFA ON EUROPEAN SUPER LEAGUE

    A statement read: “The PFA has substantial concerns regarding the wide-ranging implications of the proposed European Super League concept.

    “Football should strive to preserve the sanctity of a competitive domestic league above all else. Aspiration and sporting merits are an essential part of any sport and a vital component of the game we love.

    “This proposed move would detract from the strength and joy of domestic football and diminish the game for the vast majority of fans across the continent.

    “Clubs across all domestic competitions are not equal, each having differing financial starting points. However, success is never guaranteed, often cyclical and always earned.

    “We have seen countless examples around Europe of teams outperforming their resources. In recent years, at home in the Premier League, this has resulted in unrivalled global entertainment and sporting drama.

    “A system that rewards all clubs for success is paramount. In England, we are privileged to enjoy the most professional teams, the most professional players and in normal times, the highest aggregate attendances across the world. This success is achieved by working together and in solidarity.

    “The PFA will work with players, The FA, Premier League, EFL, LMA and through FIFPRO, with other players’ associations, to represent the game’s best interests and protect the integrity of football.”

  • Joe Brophy

    VERDICT

    SunSport's David Facey says: "Manchester United can count themselves lucky at finally finding a way to put Burnley away at home.

    "It took a massive deflection to prevent Sean Dyche’s team making it five matches in a row without losing at Old Trafford.

    "But if United are to put any pressure on City – who are now ‘only’ eight points ahead with six games to go – they will probably have to win ugly from time to time.

    "It would also help if they were not guilty of sleep-walking through the first-half so often.

    "They were guilty of it again here, with United offering precious little threat early on, despite the fact that Marcus Rashford and Paul Pogba both seemed to be capable of causing the Clarets plenty of problems.

    "Maybe Ole Gunnar Solskjaer should deliver the half-time rollickings that seem to pay dividends so often before kick off instead!"

  • Joe Brophy

    LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN

    Roy Keane slammed plans for a breakaway European Super League as ‘pure greed’.

    Speaking on Sky Sports at half-time in Manchester United’s game against Burnley, Keane fumed: “It’s all about money.

    “It doesn’t sound good and let’s hope it is stopped in it’s tracks because it’s greed, pure greed.”

    Former Manchester City defender Micah Richards was similarly unimpressed.

    He added: “What happens about fans and the memories fans have had over the years?

    “Does all that go away because of money? I think it’s a disgrace.”

  • Joe Brophy

    SUPER QUIET

    Mikel Arteta and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer have avoided answering questions on the European Super League proposals.

    Both Manchester United and Arsenal are alleged to have signed up, a move that has been criticised by many – including Gary Neville.

    Speaking after United’s 3-1 win against Burnley, Solskjaer said: “I’ve seen this morning the news and speculation. I can’t really say too much because my focus has been on this game.

    “I haven’t looked into it, I’ve just been focused on this game so I need to sit down and see what it is.”

    Arteta, speaking after Arsenal’s 1-1 draw with Fulham, also remained quiet, saying: “I don’t know anything about it.

    “Once I know every detail and have all the information then I can evaluate the situation and give you my opinion.”

  • Joe Brophy

    SUPER SIZED

    A number of Premier League clubs are being linked with the controversial proposals, which have been blasted by Gary Neville as “criminal”.

  • Joe Brophy

    MORE FROM NEVILLE

    He told Sky Sports: “I’ve benefited from football hugely, I’ve made money out of football, I invest money into a football club. Now, I’m not against money in football. But the principles and ethos of fair competition and the rights to play the game.

    “So Leicester win the league – they go into the Champions League. Manchester United aren’t even in the Champions League! Arsenal aren’t even in the Champions League, watched them earlier on today, they are an absolute shambles of a football club at the moment. Tottenham aren’t in the Champions League. And they want a God-given right to be in there.

    “They’re an absolute joke and honestly the time has come now, independent regulator, stop these clubs having the power base. Enough is enough.”

    Neville added: “Deduct them all points tomorrow – put them at the bottom of the league and take the money off them.

    “Seriously you have got to stamp on this, it’s criminal. It is a criminal act against football fans in this country. Make no mistake about it. This is the biggest sport in the world, in this country and it’s a criminal act against the fans, simple as that.

    “Deduct points, deduct their money and punish them.”

  • Joe Brophy

    NOW OR NEV-ER

    Gary Neville has been lauded for his impassionated rant against plans for the European Super League.

    He told Sky Sports: “Well the reaction to it is that it’s been damned. And rightly so.

    “I mean I am a Manchester United fan and have been for 40 years of my life but I’m disgusted, absolutely disgusted.

    “Honestly, we have to wrestle back the power in this country from the clubs at the top of this league and that includes my club.

    “And I’ve been calling for 12 months as part of another group for an independent regulator to bring checks and balances in place to stop this happening.

    “It’s pure greed. They are impostors. They are impostors. The owners of this club, the owners of Liverpool, the owners of Chelsea, the owners of Manchester City are nothing to do with football in this country.

    “There’s 100-odd years of history in this country from fans that have lived and loved these clubs. And they need protecting, the fans need protecting.”

  • Joe Brophy

    SEEING RED

    Gary Neville has said clubs should have points DEDUCTED for signing up to a European Super League.

    The plans, pushed by Real Madrid, Liverpool, Manchester United and AC Milan, are backed by the financial muscle of US investment giant JP Morgan.

  • Joe Brophy

    MANCHESTER UNITED 3 BURNLEY 1

    Mason Greenwood struck twice in the second-half to keep Manchester United’s faint title hopes flickering.

    The Red Devils looked set to drop points at home against Burnley for a fifth straight season when James Tarkowski headed them level early in the second-half.

    But just six minutes from time Greenwood collected a pass from Paul Pogba and his shot was deflected off Jack Cork before beating Bailey Peacock-Farrell.

    This win cuts City’s lead at the top to eight points with six games apiece remaining – and while it remains possible United are clearly not for chucking in the towel.

  • Joe Brophy

    FAN FRENZY

    Football finally welcomed back fans as 4,000 Leicester and Southampton followers streamed to Wembley for Sunday’s FA Cup semi-final

    The lucky ‘few’ strolled in the sunshine to the home of football without the usual packed pavements for such a big match.

    But they looked ultra-relaxed and just happy to be there after the government let the FA select the clash as a one-off pilot event.

    That’s before the May 17 nationwide date when crowds of up to 10,000 can officially return.

  • Joe Brophy

    MANCHESTER UNITED 1 BURNLEY 1

    Mason Greenwood had opened the scoring for the Red Devils after the break before the visitors equalised minutes later.

  • Joe Brophy

    SILVER-AWARE

    Jonny Evans reckons lifting a trophy with Leicester would be up there with anything he achieved at Manchester United.

    At the age of 21, Evans had already won world, European and English titles with the Red Devils and admits he probably took silverware 'for granted'.

    Ahead of Sunday's FA Cup semi-final against Southampton, the Northern Ireland star, now 33, said: “Winning something with Leicester is definitely a more difficult thing to do.

    “That’s not putting any slight on Manchester United’s achievements. You see now how difficult it has been for them to win the league and to win as many trophies as under Sir Alex Ferguson.

    “The resources and everything they’ve got, they’re a club set up to be a winning machine. But it’s something Leicester are trying to do.

    “Maybe winning something with Leicester would be an achievement up there with one of the best for me, on a personal level.”

  • Joe Brophy

    HELPING HEND

    Chris Wood has the ball in the net straight after kick-off but thankfully for Dean Henderson the goal is ruled out for offside.

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