Man Utd: Fans protest against Glazers outside Old Trafford
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Manchester United owners the Glazers have no intention of selling up and want to increase the club’s value to in the region of £7billion, according to reports. Fans have been protesting over their handling of things at Old Trafford, recently causing their match against Liverpool to be postponed. But despite the staunch opposition to their rule, it seems as though they’re set to stay.
Manchester United fans invaded Old Trafford on Sunday, breaching coronavirus restrictions and getting onto the pitch itself.
They also protested over the Glazers’ rule outside the Lowry Hotel, preventing players from leaving for their match against Liverpool.
It was a dramatic day for all associated with the club, with United fans hopeful the Glazers will now sell up in the wake of their actions.
However, the Guardian states that won’t be happening, with the Americans determined to stay put and turn the club into an even bigger empire.
At present, United are valued at £3.5bn.
But Joel and Avram Glazer want to up that price further and will only be satisfied when the Red Devils are worth an eye-watering £7bn.
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They’re undeterred by the recent European Super League fiasco, despite apologising for their actions as part of the group that attempted to create a new, elite competition.
Now United are conducting investigations to learn how supporters were able to get into Old Trafford with such little opposition.
It’s claimed the club will review security arrangements and are considering banning any fans found to be responsible for any criminal damage.
However, they have denied a gate was opened by a staff member to allow protestors entry into the stadium for the first time in over a year.
Two police officers were injured during the chaos, with one requiring hospital treatment.
And though United won’t necessarily target fans who stood on the pitch itself, they’re determined to get to the bottom of the matter.
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United have three more home games between now and the end of the Premier League campaign, against Leicester, Fulham and Liverpool.
But the Red Devils are worried about a repeat incident and say they will do everything they can to ensure players, coaching staff and other workers are all kept safe.
In an open letter to Joel Glazer, Manchester United Supporters Trust said on Monday: “What happened [on Sunday] was the culmination of 16 years in which your family’s ownership of the club has driven us into debt and decline, and we have felt ever more sidelined and ignored.
“After 16 years not one member of the Glazer family has ever had so much as a conversation with us, the club’s Supporters Trust.
“After the events of yesterday, we trust your attention is now fully focused on the question of what happens next at Manchester United.”
Meanwhile, United legend Peter Schmeichel has had his say on Sunday’s dramatic scenes – and believes the Glazers must find a way to work with fans and vice versa.
“The club will be (worth), I don’t know, three, four, five billion dollars? Who’s got that kind of money to buy the football club?” he told CBS Sports.
“If you look at potential buyers, are they going to make it much better? Is it going to be different? There are examples, but they never bought in at that price tag.
“I would much rather that we work with the Glazers, because I think there is a willingness within the family. Work with the Glazers to make this football club what this football club is supposed to be.
“I think everyone feels that the Glazer family is a little bit too detached from the club. They are there now and again, but they are not there every week. You never see Joel Glazer come out in front of the cameras and talk about the club, and I think that frustrates the fans a lot.
“We have this ownership, but from the outside, it looks like the owners don’t care, that it is just about money. I don’t think that’s completely the case.I think they are very proud of their ownership of Manchester United. I just think there is a need now for a restructuring of how it’s being operated.”
He added: “I don’t think the die-hard fans were the ones inside the stadium. I think they are idiots, troublemakers. None of them will remember the good times. Some of them weren’t even born when the Glazers took over the club.
“The die-hard fans, the true fans, keep voicing your opinions, but keep it at a proper level. Don’t be stupid about it. Don’t demand something which is unrealistic. Keep up the pressure, keep up the ideas.
“What we’ve learned from the last two weeks is, if we stand together and we show our opposition to ideas that we don’t agree with, as a massive group, it does have an effect. I think football, not Manchester United, is at a crossroads now.
“There is this incredible opportunity now to change direction. Something that I think it has needed for a long, long, long time.”
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