Sources told ESPN on Sunday that 15 of Europe’s biggest clubs were in talks to launch a breakaway league, slated to start in the 2023-24 season, with $ 6 billion (£ 4.3 billion) in funding supporting the project.
A total of six Premier League clubs, including United, have signed plans for a new league that will rival the UEFA Champions League.
Ferguson, who won the Champions League twice with United following European success with Scottish club Aberdeen, told Reuters he was enjoying “special nights” in the Champions League.
“The talk of the Super League is a step away from 70 years of European club football,” he told Reuters. “Both as a player for the Dunfermline provincial team in the ’60s and as a manager at Aberdeen winning the European Cup Winners’ Cup, for a small provincial club in Scotland it is like climbing Mount Everest.
“Everton spent £ 500 million to build a new stadium with ambitions to play in the Champions League. All fans love the competition for what it is.
“When I was at United, we played in four Champions League finals and it was always the most special night.
He added: “I don’t believe Manchester United were involved in this, as I was not part of the decision-making process.”
The British government has also commented on the plan, with culture minister Olivier Dowden saying: “Football supporters are the heartbeat of our national sport and any major decisions made must have their support.
“With many fans, we are concerned that this plan could bring the shops to a close at the top of our national games.”
Gary Neville, Ferguson’s former captain, interrupts his comments on Sky Sports coverage United’s win against Burnley to criticize the schism plan.
“I am not against the modernization of the football competition, by having the Premier League, we have the Champions League,” he said.
“But submitting a proposal in the midst of COVID, in the midst of the economic crisis that all clubs are experiencing is an absolute scandal.
“United and the six other big clubs who have signed contracts against other Premier League teams should be ashamed of themselves.
“Is Arsenal in that? They just drew with Fulham, Manchester United drew Burnley. I can’t concentrate on the game. To register for the Super League for one season is a joke, they have to deduct points from the six of them.”