Man Utd: Fans protest against Glazers outside Old Trafford
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Manchester United quartet Bruno Fernandes, Harry Maguire, Scott McTominay and Nemanja Matic were reportedly furious after not being allowed to talk to protestors on Sunday. Fans invaded Old Trafford, forcing their match against Liverpool to be delayed. And they also kicked off outside the Lowry Hotel over the Glazers and their handling of the club.
Manchester United were meant to face Liverpool at 4.30pm on Sunday.
But that didn’t happen, with fans gathering inside and outside of Old Trafford as well as the Lowry Hotel.
In the end they got the match against the Reds called off, with United releasing a statement in the aftermath.
And a fan on Twitter who was at the protests has claimed on Twitter that four Red Devils players were furious at not being allowed to address the demonstrators.
“I spoke to (Sky Sports reporter) James Cooper earlier and he told me that the players at the Lowry Hotel pleaded with the staff to allow them outside and to engage with the fans protesting,” @Mufcwesleyy said.
“The club said no and the players were left absolutely furious.”
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In a second tweet they added: “James Cooper stated that Harry Maguire, Bruno Fernandes, Nemanja Matic and Scott McTominay were all trying to convince officials to allow engagement with the United protestors outside of the Lowry Hotel.”
The United players were kept inside the hotel for their own safety.
And the protests took place less than two weeks after supporters made their way onto the club’s Carrington training complex.
On that occasion, both Matic and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer talked to fans, persuading them into leaving the premises.
But nobody placated the angry crowd on Sunday, with fans also throwing some projectiles in the direction of the Sky Sports studio.
And Graeme Sounness has claimed ‘somebody could have been killed’ in the aftermath, saying: “Let’s be honest, someone threw a flare up to this stage today. If it hit one of us, we would be in the hospital and scarred.
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“Someone threw a bottle of beer up here. If that hits you the wrong place, you could have been killed!’
“So, let’s not mess about and be tippy-tappy around the situation. That is unacceptable. And something’s happened out there for this game to be postponed.
“A kid was killed in Cardiff by a flare. I am not criticising Man United supporters en masse, but you cannot underplay that.
“That (flare) could have marked someone for life. We’re sitting here saying it’s right they’re demonstrating but a village idiot could have killed someone here today.”
United legend Gary Neville, meanwhile, wants the Glazers to sell up.
“The Glazer family have been resilient and stubborn for many, many years,” Neville told Sky Sports. “I think that they are struggling to meet the financial demands that this club needs and have done for some time.
“If you think about the club that they picked up in 2004, it had the best stadium in the country, probably the best in Europe. It had the best training ground in the country, probably the best in Europe. It had a team that was getting to Champions League quarter-finals, semi-finals and finals regularly and winning the league every season, every other season.
“You look at the club now, this stadium – I know it looks great here but if you actually go behind the scenes it’s rusty and rotting. If you look at the training ground it’s probably not now one of the top five in this country.
“They haven’t got to a Champions League semi-final for 10 years. We haven’t won a league here at Manchester United for eight years.
“The land around the ground is undeveloped, dormant and derelict while every other club seems to be developing the fan experience and the facilities.
“The Glazer family are struggling to meet the financial requirements and the fans are saying it’s enough.
“My view on it is quite simply they are going to make a fortune if they sell this football club. If they put it up for sale now, the time would be right and it’d be the honourable thing to do.”
Roy Keane was also present and believes things are now at a tipping point.
“It’s got to a tipping point now for Man United fans,” he said.
“It was peaceful, I think they threw one or two bottles and a couple of flares – I think that was towards Jamie, to be fair, but I think they’ve had enough.
“Enough is enough for these United fans now.
“United have got some of the best fans in the world, huge club, we’ve seen today that it’s come to the end now and enough is enough with the ownership of the club.
“We’ve seen over the past few weeks with the frustration at the Super League, not being able to support the club over the last year, enough is enough now and the United fans obviously want the Glazers out.”
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