Man Utd fans storm the club’s Carrington training ground to protest Glazer ownership

Supporters spoke to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer before being escorted off the premises on Thursday morning

Manchester United fans raided the club’s Carrington training base Thursday morning to protest the club’s owners.

About 20 fans blocked the entrance to the training ground before entering and posed with banners saying: “We decide when we play”, “Glazers out” and “51% MUFC 20”.

Red Devils leader Ole Gunnar Solskjaer spoke to protesters, who entered the site shortly after 9:00 am (BST), before being escorted off the premises.

What happened?

Fans entered the club’s training ground before most of the first team arrived and blocked both entrances standing with their banners. The “51%” banner refers to fans who hold the majority of voting rights in the club, a common pattern in German football.

Protesters made their way across the training ground to the first team fields where they posed for photos with their banners and asked to speak to Solskjaer.

It is understood that the Norwegian has come out to speak to the fans, along with technical director Darren Fletcher, first team manager Michael Carrick and midfielder Nemanja Matic.

The group left shortly after and while the police were called it became clear that no arrests were made.

What did Man Utd say?

A statement from the club reads: “At around 9:00 this morning a group had access to the club’s training ground.

“The manager and others talked to them. The buildings were safe and the group has now left the site.”

Why are they protesting?

Manchester United fans have been harassed by club ownership since the Glazer family acquisition in 2005, with numerous protests since then.

The basis of their anger is around the debt that has been brought to the club and many fans believe the American owners do not have United’s best interests at heart.

And protests picked up momentum after the Super League announcement on Sunday, with fans frustrated with the lack of communication.

Chelsea supporters were seen gathering outside Stamford Bridge on Tuesday evening, with Liverpool fans staging their protests on Elland Road on Monday evening.

With United not having a match until Sunday, away to Leeds United, fans have decided a different course of action by going to Carrington.

A statement from the Manchester United Supporters’ Trust says the proposal to form a separatist league with 11 other clubs was a “betrayal of everything the club had ever represented”.

They added: “A Super League based on a closed shop of self-selected affluent clubs goes against all football, and Manchester United, it should represent.”

The reaction from fans, players, coaches and official organizations led United to make the decision to withdraw from the proposed new competition and Joel Glazer wrote an open letter to fans admitting that he made a mistake with their decision to form the league. .

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