Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has broken his silence on the club’s involvement in the now defunct European Super League.
“First of all, I’m very happy the fans have voiced their opinion and that we’ve listened to them,” Solskjaer said.
“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 (Super League) concept anyway, it has to be on sporting merit, I wanna 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.
“And I’ve always felt and believed in stepping out of your comfort zone, being afraid of failure. That spurs you on, living on the edge a little bit, and that wasn’t part of this.
“And, 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.
“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.”
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