Manchester United’s Ole Gunnar Solskjær: We need North-West clubs to survive

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Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjær says the North-West region needs its local clubs to survive as many of them now face a period of uncertainty.

Boris Johnson’s announcement on Tuesday confirmed that ‘elite sport’ will remain without supporters inside stadiums until the rate of Covid-19 infections significantly decreases.

Speaking in his press conference this morning, Solskjær admitted that he’s ‘worried’ for clubs up and down the football pyramid due to the impacts of the pandemic.

Before discussing the North-West, the 47-year-old spoke of his concern over clubs and communities everywhere due to the current situation.

“It’s so difficult to predict what’s going to happen,” he admitted.

“And now when the rate is going up and fans aren’t coming in, it’s even worse for football and society in general.”

Apprehension surrounding the future of various English Football League and non-league clubs has increased since more restrictions were publicised by the government earlier this week.

However, the Old Trafford legend acknowledged it isn’t just teams in the lower echelons that will feel the effects.

“I am worried for League One, League Two teams, lower teams as well, of course we are,” he said.

“But all the Premier League teams as well are losing money.”

“Hopefully, we can get back and football will be normal and we won’t lose too many clubs.”

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Above: Solskjær recently watching his daughter, Karna, play for the Red Devils’ U21 Women’s side at Altrincham’s ground, Moss Lane.

In the last 12 months – even before the coronavirus hit – the North-West has seen many clubs fall into financial jeopardy.

Referencing the region’s recent casualties, Solskjær reaffirmed his hope that those vulnerable in the area will prevail.

“We need clubs locally,” he stated to national reporters ahead of United’s trip to face Brighton & Hove Albion tomorrow.

“We’ve seen Bury, Macclesfield, and Wigan struggle, so it’s not a nice situation to be in.”

Among another weekend of behind closed doors fixtures across the top-flight and EFL, the Norweigan will take his team to the American Express Community Stadium looking to earn their first win of the Premier League campaign.

The Red Devils will also return there next Wednesday for a Carabao Cup Fourth Round tie against the Seagulls.