“These guys have billionaires in the background – they’re ruthless, they’re shrewd people.
“Then they come looking for the players and they’re discussing cash-flow problems etc, I’ve heard it all before. I take no notice of it.”
He added: “I have a lot of sympathy for the players out there because once again a lot of players are getting criticised.
“The way I would look at it no, particularly the way I left United – and I’m talking about players at the really big clubs with a lot of wealthy owners and pressure to take pay-cuts, I wouldn’t take a pay-cut from anybody if I was at one of the bigger clubs.
“I know there’s pressure on players, but it’s nobody’s business what you do with your wages.
“I think you take your wages and if you want to be generous then go ahead and do it.
“I don’t think players should feel under pressure from clubs, particularly the bigger clubs, to take pay-cuts.”