A number of people entered Manchester United’s Aon Training Complex in Carrington on Thursday morning to protest the Glazer family’s ownership of the club.
Protesters blocked the entrances to the training camp. The photographs then circulated on social media of a number of men posing with two large flags on the training ground of United’s first team.
Other protesters unveiled a flag reading “We decide when to play” outside the entrance to the training ground.
Solskjaer, Carrick, Fletcher and Matic all spoke to the group. Police have arrived in Carrington to help settle the situation Atletico it was said that no arrests were made.
United players are expected in Carrington this morning ahead of the club’s Premier League game against Leeds United on Sunday.
What was said?
United issued a brief statement on Thursday saying the protesters had left.
The statement states: “At around 9 this morning a group had access to the club’s training ground. The manager and others spoke to them. The buildings were secure and the group has now left the site. “
Why are they protesting?
A large number of United fans have long wanted the Glazer family to leave their club, but protests have escalated after a tumultuous week at the club.
United announced on Sunday that they are one of 12 “founding members” of a new Super League. But after a deluge of criticism – including from legendary former manager Sir Alex Ferguson – United announced they would join the rest of the Premier League’s so-called Big Six by withdrawing from the breakaway tournament.
Tuesday evening Atletico revealed that Executive Vice President Ed Woodward was due to leave the club.
Have United fans already protested against the Glazers?
Since the Glazers bought United in 2005, fans have been displeased on multiple occasions with how the family treated the club.
In 2010, United fans began wearing green and gold scarves during matches in homage to Newton Heath, the club United came from, in protest against the American owners.
Anti-glazer chants are a regular occurrence at Old Trafford as a result of the family saddling United with hundreds of millions of pounds in debt and the club’s poor form in the post-Ferguson era.
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