Man United legend Paul Scholes has insisted there will never be a ‘connection’ between ‘Big Six’ supporters and their ‘greedy’ owners.
The Premier League’s ‘big six’ and their owners, in particular, have received a lot of criticism for their involvement in the European Super League.
English clubs quickly withdrew from ESL and in recent times thousands of supporters have demonstrated outside their stadiums against the owners.
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Ahead of Man United Europa League semi-final first leg against Roma, Scholes discussed the impact of homeowners. As quoted by Manchester Evening News, he argued that owners use their clubs as a ‘toy’ to make money:
“I’m not sure there will ever be a connection to these owners,” Scholes told BT Sport.
“I don’t think it’s just this club, I think it’s all the clubs that started out with billionaire owners that we brought here so they had a toy to make money with.
“It’s also a great club to have that connection with the owners – the young players at this club, the local young guys going through the academy, there’s a great chance for that connection, but as long as these billionaire owners , from America and other countries, there will never be a connection.
“Look at Manchester City, Arsenal, Tottenham, Liverpool – is there a connection? I don’t think there is, I don’t think there ever will be. I think we need to stop pining for it.
“The most important thing for the fans now is what’s going on on the football field and if you look at the last four or five years at Manchester United; the resources, the money that this club had, and they haven’t won a trophy in four years. It is absolutely ridiculous.
“The Glazers have chosen a man to represent them, to lead the football club, who is brilliant for making money, funny enough, that’s exactly what they want, but has football been neglected because of this?
“I don’t think Ed was a footballer, I think David Gill was good at making money, at advertising, but he was a footballer, he knew what the club needed.
“We have had five or six years since the manager left, choosing the wrong managers, not giving them time to form teams, choosing the wrong type of players for this football club which has been disappointing and it all depends on ownership. They are billionaire, greedy owners who just use this club as a toy to make money.
“I don’t think Arsenal fans should celebrate. He arouses interest by mentioning Bergkamp, Vieira, Henri, it is the same. It won’t be any different, he’s a money man, he’s a business man, he wants to make money and that’s what they’re going to do.
“They will come to clubs like Arsenal, but where is Arsenal? 10th in the league? Ridiculous. Look at this club (Man United), not won for four years, okay they are on the right track now I hope.
“They’re almost where they should be, they’re not too far. It masks a lot when the football is going well, the team is winning trophies, who cares who your owners are? “