May 14, 2021

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Gary Neville calls on United players to mobilise against Super League plans

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Gary Neville has called on players to take a stand over the European Super League plans.

Manchester United are one of 12 clubs to have formed a breakaway competition that has caused civil war in football.

Bruno Fernandes hinted at his opposition to the plans on social media earlier today and Neville believes players need to take a stand.

Speaking on Monday Night Football, Neville said he believes the playing and coaching staff have the power to stop the plans going ahead.

He said: “They’ve created a monopoly, a closed shop, a tournament where you’re guaranteed to be in it.


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“West Ham and Leicester are in a Champions League place, forget it, they don’t get into the Champions League anymore, it doesn’t matter where they finish in the league. What’s the point? They’ll take away everything from this country: the pyramid, the sincerity of competition, the honesty and integrity of competition that we value and they’re taking it away.

“Yeah, we know that Manchester United have more money, we know that Liverpool have more money, we know that Arsenal have more money, we can live with that.

“There will always be top clubs that have more money, but they can be beaten by Sheffield United at home, they can draw with Fulham – and they’re trying to take that away to create franchise football. Never, it can never happen.

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Manchester United are in the semi-finals of the Europa League after Edinson Cavani’s volley helped the Reds complete a 4-0 aggregate win over Granada and set up a last four clash against Roma.

It’s back to Premier League action this weekend when Burnley visit Old Trafford on Sunday.

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“These six owners, I hope they’re panting hard tonight, feeling uncomfortable and their stomachs are churning and the executives and players who play for these clubs – I can’t sit here and say to the players of Liverpool and United to go on strike because that wouldn’t be right, but lads, if you’ve got it in you, you can stop this, you can mobilise it.

“Jurgen Klopp can stop it, he’s a man of integrity, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer can stop it, he’s a man of integrity, they can all contribute to stopping it and we must all come together to stop it now because this is an attack by six national families on the integrity of our national sport and it must be stopped.”

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