Manchester United star Marcus Rashford has hinted at his opposition to the Super League on social media with an image saying “football is nothing without fans”.
Rashford has never been one to shy away from issues in football and society at large, forcing a government U-turn over free school meals back in January.
In his latest move, he became the second United player to slyly dig at the breakaway competition, after Bruno Fernandes shared a critical post by Wolves forward Daniel Podence.
Taking to Twitter, Rashford posted an image of a flag found at Old Trafford which read: “Football is nothing without fans” – a quote attributed to legendary manager Sir Matt Busby.
His sentiments were applauded by a host of users with Match of the Day host Gary Lineker quoting the Tweet and saying: “Well played, Marcus.”
Rashford’s sentiments on the lack of fan consultation over the Super League are shared by many, including current players. Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Ander Herrera, former Arsenal man Mesut Ozil and Liverpool’s James Milner are among those that have spoken out against the plans.
There could be further player opposition to come as well. Liverpool skipper Jordan Henderson is organising a meeting between all Premier League captains to discuss the Super League imminently. This continues the trend of player activism in recent years with Henderson also playing a key role in orchestrating the Players Together coronavirus relief scheme last year.
Pep Guardiola added his voice to the dissenters on Tuesday, despite the fact that Manchester City are set to be one of the founding members of the breakaway competition. Guardiola bemoaned the lack of competitive edge in the Super League with none of the 15 original members able to get relegated, regardless of how they perform.
This groundswell of opposition could prevent the plans going ahead. According to reports an unnamed Premier League side are shocked by the outcry and could be getting cold feet.