Wayne Rooney says the last thing anyone on the inside at Manchester United would want to do is jeopardise the relationship with the Red Devils fans.
But the news Manchester United have signed a letter of intent to join a breakaway European Super League has gone down like a lead balloon.
Man United and 11 other clubs confirmed their intentions to take part in the mid-week competition in a bombshell statement on Sunday night.
Rooney hasn’t condemned the decision, but he says he finds it hard to believe the club would do anything to put their relationship with the fans at risk.
Rooney said: “I can speak from being at Man Utd for such a long-time.
“The last thing they would want to do would be to jeopardise their relationship with the fans. They would want to keep them involved. Let’s see what the proposals are when they come out.”
Sir Alex Ferguson spoke out on the proposal on Sunday but was more critical of the plan.
He told Reuters: “Talk of a Super League is a move away from 70 years of European club football.
“Both as a player for a provincial team Dunfermline in the 60s and as a manager at Aberdeen winning the European Cup Winners’ Cup, for a small provincial club in Scotland it was like climbing Mount Everest.
“Everton are spending £500million to build a new stadium with the ambition to play in Champions League.
“Fans all over love the competition as it is. In my time at United, we played in four Champions League finals and they were always the most special of nights.
“I’m not sure Manchester United are involved in this, as I am not part of the decision making process.”