Man Utd were one of the founding members of the European Super League along with five clubs but withdrew from the project 48 hours after it had been announced; Joel Glazer was named ESL vice-chairman but has apologised for the club’s involvement in the breakaway scheme.
Thousands of Manchester United fans gathered outside Old Trafford on Saturday to protest against the Glazer family’s ownership over the club’s involvement in the European Super League.A large number assembled by the Trinity Statue with supporters setting off flares, hanging banners and scarves outside Old Trafford, with many wearing the green and gold colours synonymous with fan protests against the Glazers which have occurred since the American family acquired the club back in 2005.
One sign on show fumed: “Glazers out, Woodward out, after £1bn stolen from MUFC”, while another banner read: “United against greed”.
Ahead of the protest scheduled for 3pm on Saturday, supporters’ groups had urged fans via their social media accounts to wear masks and remain compliant with public health protocols.
Earlier in the day, a number of Liverpool fans also protested prior to their lunchtime kick-off with Newcastle at Anfield, to convey their desire to see principal owner John W Henry and the Fenway Sports Group franchise sell up over their handling of the Super League crisis.Henry has issued a public apology on the matter while Jurgen Klopp has urged Reds fans not to turn on their owners, but he admitted they had made a “bad decision”.
It is the second time United fans have publicly expressed displeasure with the Glazers this week. On Thursday, a small group of supporters broke into the club’s Carrington training centre to voice their discontent with the owners.Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Darren Fletcher, Michael Carrick and Nemanja Matic later spoke with fans at the protest and listened to their grievances.