A group of Manchester United supporters raided the club’s Carrington training base to protest the failed plans for a European Super League before leaving after a conversation with manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
A group of around 20 fans entered United’s training ground on Thursday morning with banners saying “Glazers out” and “We decide when you play”.
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“Around 9 in the morning [BST on Thursday] one group has gained access to the club’s training ground, “confirmed a statement from United.” The manager and others spoke to them. The buildings were safe and the group has now left the site. “
It is understood that they also blocked both entrances as the players and staff were arriving to train ahead of Sunday’s Premier League match with Leeds United.
United do not deny one version of events published on the Twitter account of the United Red Issue fanzine. The exchange with Solskjaer, Michael Carrick, Darren Fletcher and Nemanja Matic would have included a question to Solskjaer as to why he hadn’t continued to speak out against the Glazers despite making critical comments on the acquisition in 2005.
Solskjaer would have replied that “[chairman] Joel Glazer loves the club, “but sources told ESPN the meeting was calm.
United announced their intention to withdraw from the FSA on Tuesday evening following widespread criticism of the controversial plans revealed 48 hours earlier.
Glazer apologized to fans on Wednesday, but the scheme – seen as a coup by 12 of the world’s powerful clubs – reignited calls for a change of ownership at Old Trafford.
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Earlier in the week, Ed Woodward stepped down as United executive vice president after eight years in the role.
Former investment banker JP Morgan, who succeeded David Gill as the man in charge of United’s day-to-day operations in 2012, had planned to step down at the end of the season, sources told ESPN.