A big group of Manchester United supporters offended on the path of the membership beneath its American homeowners have been participating in a protest forward of the Premier League recreation in opposition to Liverpool on Monday.
About 10,000 supporters marched to Outdated Trafford and chanted in opposition to the Glazer household — “We would like Glazers out” — holding banners calling for the Individuals to promote United as they walked from a close-by pub towards the membership’s storied Outdated Trafford stadium an hour earlier than kickoff of one of many largest matches in English soccer.
There gave the impression to be a big police presence on Sir Matt Busby Method on the entrance to the stadium forecourt.
The gamers from each groups arrived on the floor earlier than the protest began, however even after kickoff there was a big group of followers nonetheless protesting as the sport was performed.
Discontent has soared following United’s poor begin to the season, which has seen the crew lose each of their video games — 2-1 at house to Brighton and a 4-0 humiliation at Brentford.
The goal of the vast majority of the anger is the Glazer household, who purchased United in 2005 with a leveraged takeover that loaded debt onto a membership that beforehand did not have any. Critics say the Glazers, who additionally personal the NFL’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers, have failed to take a position sufficient of their very own money within the squad or amenities and have presided over years of failure by England’s largest crew.
Funds on curiosity, debt and dividends to the Glazers are estimated to have price United greater than £1 billion.
“They’re ruining the historical past, traditions and tradition of our nice membership and [we] is not going to stand by and watch our membership rot away any longer,” stated The 1958, a fan group that organized Monday’s protest.
Dissent towards the possession, which has simmered because the 2005 takeover, erupted in Might final 12 months when a house league recreation in opposition to Liverpool needed to be known as off after the stadium — empty due to pandemic restrictions — was stormed earlier than the sport and 1000’s extra supporters blocked entry into Outdated Trafford. Two law enforcement officials have been injured in clashes with followers.
That protest was sparked by the membership’s involvement within the failed European Tremendous League breakaway that collapsed amid a groundswell of condemnation from followers and the British authorities.
The Glazers pledged to rebuild belief with United followers within the wake of that protest, however there was little proof of that. Joel Glazer, a co-chairman, met in individual with United followers in June 2021 and outlined his intentions to take a position closely in all points of the membership and strengthen fan illustration within the decision-making course of.
United gained the final of their file 20 English league titles in 2013, the 12 months managerial nice Sir Alex Ferguson retired. In recent times, two of United’s largest rivals, Manchester City and Liverpool, have dominated the home recreation.
United have not gained a significant trophy in 5 seasons, their worst run because the early Nineteen Eighties, regardless of the membership having spent $1.5 billion on gamers since 2013.
United’s newest signing, Brazil midfielder Casemiro, arrived at Outdated Trafford earlier Monday forward of the Liverpool match. He reportedly will price the membership a $60 million switch charge, with United scrambling to usher in gamers within the closing days of the switch window.
This season has began badly beneath Erik ten Hag, their fifth supervisor since Ferguson. There are already query marks over the Dutch coach’s techniques and crew choice after he took over following a transfer from Ajax Amsterdam earlier within the 12 months.
The way forward for star striker Cristiano Ronaldo can be unsure after he pushed to depart throughout the offseason as a result of United did not qualify for the Champions League.
Ronaldo was dropped to the bench in opposition to Liverpool, together with membership captain Harry Maguire.