Man United owner Joel Glazer pens open letter to fans and will appear at forum

Joel Glazer has promised to speak to Manchester United fans at an end-of-season forum following the furious backlash to the European Super League project.

Protesting supporters forced the postponement of last Sunday’s match with Liverpool at Old Trafford, making clear their opposition to the club’s ownership.

Now, executive co-chairman Glazer has committed to greater engagement with United’s fanbase and also to invest in Old Trafford itself in an open letter published on Friday afternoon. 

Manchester United owner Joel Glazer has promised greater engagement with fans following the furious backlash to the European Super League project

Angry protests against the Glazer family forced last Sunday's match with Liverpool at Old Trafford to be postponed

Angry protests against the Glazer family forced last Sunday’s match with Liverpool at Old Trafford to be postponed

Manchester United Supporters’ Trust (MUST) said ‘change is needed and the club must act now’, setting out a five-point plan that they requested a written response to within seven days.

United co-chairman Glazer, who was announced as Super League vice-chairman, has responded, saying he ‘read the contents closely and your love and passion for the club came across very clearly’.

‘I was personally humbled by parts of your letter, as you explained so clearly why our initial support for the European Super League left you feeling angry and let down,’ he said.

‘I would like to reiterate my sincere apology for the mistakes that were made.

‘In particular, I want to acknowledge the need for change, with deeper consultation with you as our main fan representative body across a range of important issues, including the competitions we play in.

United owners Avram (left) and Joel Glazer pictured at Old Trafford for a match in 2010

United owners Avram (left) and Joel Glazer pictured at Old Trafford for a match in 2010

United fans turned out in their thousands last weekend to protest against the club's owners

United fans turned out in their thousands last weekend to protest against the club’s owners

‘We also recognise the importance of fan and football interests being embedded in key decision-making processes at every level of the club, and we are open to constructive discussions on how to reinforce that principle.’

There are plans for another protest against the Glazers ahead of next Thursday’s rearranged match against Liverpool.

Glazer added: ‘I want to reassure you that my family and I care deeply about Manchester United and feel a profound sense of responsibility to protect and enhance its strength for the long-term, while respecting its values and traditions.

‘Our top priority is, and will always be, competing for the most important trophies, playing entertaining football with a team comprised of top-quality recruits and some of the world’s best homegrown talent.

‘Under Ole (Gunnar Solskjaer), we feel we are absolutely on the right track.

‘Success on the field must be underpinned by solid foundations off it. We have supported sustained investment in the team over many years, and that will continue this summer.

‘We recognise that we will need to significantly increase investment in Old Trafford and our training complex to ensure that the club’s facilities remain among the best in Europe.

‘As part of this, we will consult with fans on investments related to the stadium and the matchday experience.’

MUST tentatively welcomed the seeming change in tack by the Glazers but said actions are needed rather than words alone.

‘The response could in theory – and we emphasise in theory only – be a change in direction and approach by the owners versus their silence and disregard for communication over the last 16 years,’ a statement read.

‘We will, however, determine our position based on the resulting actions rather than these words alone. We have seen empty words too many times previously.

‘We will seek a mandate from our members and from the wider fanbase before proceeding. We only wish to engage in this process should our supporters want us to.

‘The onus remains on the club to put right the problems of the past, not just the European Super League but the overall lack of communication and consultation by the owners.

‘Our primary objective remains to ensure a supporter share scheme is put in place which carries equal voting rights to the shares held by the Glazer family. This scheme would be promoted to the global fanbase and should in turn build a notable stake in the club.

‘Through all this, our goals remain the same and as set out in the open letter to Joel Glazer. We want a new Manchester United, with a meaningful shareholding for supporters and a meaningful say in key areas.

‘This is our objective, and there will be no let up until we get there.’

Jurgen Klopp says Man United fans’ Old Trafford protests crossed a line when they turned violent

Jurgen Klopp says Old Trafford protests crossed a line when they turned violent and fans clashed with police as Liverpool boss again tells pundits who whipped up fury to ‘be careful and calm down’

  • Liverpool match with Manchester United was postponed after fan protests
  • Demonstration against United’s owners at Old Trafford turned violent
  • Bottles were thrown at police officers as they tried to move protesters away
  • Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp says he respects the right of fans to voice opinions
  • But he condemned the violent scenes that marred the protest at Old Trafford
  • Klopp again took aim at pundits who whipped up fan fury against Super League 

Jurgen Klopp has spoken out about last weekend’s Old Trafford protests, saying a line was crossed when the demonstration became violent.

Liverpool’s game with Manchester United was postponed after hundreds of United fans protesting about the club’s owners stormed the stadium before a minority clashed with police.

Klopp, who told television pundits such as Gary Neville to ‘calm down’ after they encouraged fans to protest in the wake of the failed European Super League project, said he fully respects fans’ right to express their opinion – but only in a peaceful way.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has condemned the violent clashes outside Old Trafford that caused the postponement of last Sunday’s match with Manchester United

Some police officers were injured after being pelted with bottles by protesting United fans

Some police officers were injured after being pelted with bottles by protesting United fans

Thousands gathered to demonstrate against the Glazer family, who own Manchester United

Thousands gathered to demonstrate against the Glazer family, who own Manchester United

Speaking ahead of Liverpool’s home Premier League game against Southampton on Saturday night, he said: ‘Am I surprised that these kind of things happen?

‘No. I am an absolute believer in democracy, I am happy that people want to tell their opinions. But in situations like that it doesn’t happen too often that nobody gets hurt.

‘That’s why I said a week before when all the pundits are asking for protests, that we all have to be careful and calm down and ask for the right things.

‘I don’t know exactly what happened there but I heard some policemen got injured and these kind of things should not happen for sure. They should not break down doors and things like this.

‘Tell the world your opinion and what you think about something, that’s completely fine, but if it is not completely peaceful – and as far as I know it was not completely peaceful – that’s not right anymore.’

Klopp said he supports the right of fans to make their feelings known - but not in a violent way

Klopp said he supports the right of fans to make their feelings known – but not in a violent way

Liverpool fans also protested after the club's owners tried to join the European Super League

Liverpool fans also protested after the club’s owners tried to join the European Super League 

Liverpool's principal owner John W. Henry was forced to make a grovelling apology to the fans

Liverpool’s principal owner John W. Henry was forced to make a grovelling apology to the fans

Klopp made clear that he wasn’t in favour of the breakaway European Super League despite Liverpool being among six Premier League clubs who signed up before beating a hasty retreat.

In the face of fan protests, Klopp told pundits to ‘calm down’ and insisted the club owners had learned their lessons.

He was described as ‘tone deaf’ by Match of the Day presenter Gary Lineker as a result.

Lineker tweeted: ‘A handful of owners try to tear our game apart and may well try to do so again, and we’re just told to ‘calm down and move on’.

‘Huge admirer of Klopp but he’s spectacularly tone deaf here. Without the fans of our beautiful game it would be much uglier today.’

Gary Lineker felt Klopp had got the tone of his pre-match remarks on The Super League wrong

Gary Lineker felt Klopp had got the tone of his pre-match remarks on The Super League wrong

The Match of the Day host called Liverpool's German manager 'spectacularly tone deaf'

The Match of the Day host called Liverpool’s German manager ‘spectacularly tone deaf’

The match at Old Trafford has been rescheduled for next Thursday – May 13 – and Klopp admitted he had sympathy for United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, whose side must play twice in 48 hours.

Klopp said: ‘We were informed about the process but we had nothing to do with it really. Yes of course, I have every sympathy for him because it’s not how it should be.

‘But it’s not good for us either to be honest.I would have preferred to play the game last week.

‘We now have five games in the last two weeks so that’s not really cool but it is how it is. There is nothing to complain about, it is just the situation.’

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Arsenal fans flock to Emirates in their thousands as they welcome side for Europa League semi-final

Arsenal fans flock to Emirates in their thousands as they welcome Mikel Arteta’s side ahead of crucial Europa League semi-final clash with Villarreal… as fans continue protests against Gunners owner Stan Kroenke amid interest from Spotify’s Daniel Ek 

  • Arsenal take on Villarreal in a key Europa League semi-final clash for the Gunners
  • The Gunners trail 2-1 from the first-leg in Spain and must win tonight to progress
  • Mikel Arteta asked fans to provide a raucous team bus welcome earlier this week
  • Gunners fans have continued protesting against current owner Stan Kroenke
  • The protests against Kroenke come amid Daniel Ek’s interest in buying Arsenal

Arsenal fans produced flares and created a raucous atmosphere outside the Emirates Stadium to welcome their team coach ahead of their Europa League semi-final tie with Villarreal. 

Mikel Arteta’s side face Unai Emery’s Villarreal on Thursday night in a crucial last-four clash, trailing 2-1 from the opening leg in Spain last week, meaning they must win the tie to progress to this month’s final. 

However, the atmosphere also featured more protest banners against the ownership of Stan Kroenke as the fall-out from the now-botched European Super League project continues. 

Arsenal fans welcomed their team bus into the Emirates Stadium with flares on Thursday night

The Gunners face Villarreal in a vital Europa League semi-final clash, trailing 2-1 on aggregate

The Gunners face Villarreal in a vital Europa League semi-final clash, trailing 2-1 on aggregate

Kroenke, who has been involved in the running of the club since 2011, was one of the main orchestrators of the controversial breakaway league which saw all six of England’s biggest sides pull out of the group 48 hours after signing up. 

Arsenal fans protested in their thousands before the Gunners’ league game with Everton on April 23 and continued on Thursday amid Spotify owner Daniel Ek’s plan to bid for Kroenke Sports Entertainment’s Premier League side. 

Messages on some of Thursday’s banners included, ‘Kroenke You Mug, Get Out Of Our Club’, ‘We Want Our Arsenal Back’ and ‘We Need Someone Who Gives A S***’ 

Fans continued to hold up banners protesting against current Gunners owner Stan Kroenke

Fans continued to hold up banners protesting against current Gunners owner Stan Kroenke

The protests have intensified following the contentious Super League saga last month

The protests have intensified following the contentious Super League saga last month

The Gunners need to beat Villarreal on Thursday night to progress to the Europa League final

The Gunners need to beat Villarreal on Thursday night to progress to the Europa League final

Swedish businessman Ek has brought together Arsenal legends Thierry Henry, Dennis Bergkamp and Patrick Vieira to help him with his bid, with reports claiming the Kroenke are valuing the club at £1.8billion. 

The Kroenke issued a statement after the Everton protests that they are not entertaining the idea of selling Arsenal, though it has been revealed the Premier League club have effectively been up for sale for the past two years.  

Arsenal all-time record goalscorer Henry claims the Spotify founder, who claims to be an Arsenal supporter, wants to improve the fans’ involvement in the upper echelons of the club. 

Arsenal owner Kroenke (on banner) has been widely criticised by fans over the past decade

Arsenal owner Kroenke (on banner) has been widely criticised by fans over the past decade

Henry told Sky Sports this week: ‘He approached us, we listened to him. We knew first and foremost that he wanted to involve the fans. Bring them back on board and knowing what’s happening.

‘He wants to re-inject the Arsenal DNA, the identity that for me I think is long gone. You don’t have Arsenal people there amongst the board and sometimes that can make sure it’s going in the right direction.

‘He already reached out, already said himself that he has collected the funds to make sure he can put a good bid, now they need to listen.’

Spotify founder Daniel Ek has been vocal in his desire to take over Arsenal when possible

Spotify founder Daniel Ek has been vocal in his desire to take over Arsenal when possible

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta called on the fans to provide a raucous atmosphere on Thursday

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta called on the fans to provide a raucous atmosphere on Thursday

Meanwhile, the atmosphere before the Villarreal match was actually asked for by Arsenal head coach Arteta, who wanted to see fans show their support as the team bus arrived in north London. 

Speaking about a potential fan atmosphere on Wednesday, Arteta said: ‘I think that would be great. We’ve been missing them so much. We need them and for the players and the team to feel that they are right behind them supporting them.

‘I think it is the 10th time the club has played a European semi-final, so it’s a big moment for us. Hopefully we can have them closer than we have already in the last few months.’

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer reveals he’s had a personal apology from Manchester United owners the Glazers

BREAKING NEWS: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer reveals he’s had a personal apology from Manchester United owners the Glazers and says they ARE listening to fans, even as they stay silent over furious protests

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has admitted that he has received a personal apology from the Glazer owners following the botched European Super League plans.

Fans were left furious after United initially became founding members of the Super League, and protests have followed, with Sunday’s clash against Liverpool at Old Trafford being postponed after supporters forced their way into the stadium.

Despite the furore surrounding United’s plans, the club’s co-chairman Avram Glazer refused to apologise to supporters for attempting to join the highly-controversial Super League. 

Man United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admitted he has received an apology from the Glazers (left – Avram, and right – Joel)

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side are gearing up for their second leg against Roma on Thursday

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side are gearing up for their second leg against Roma on Thursday

But Solskjaer has since admitted that the Glazer owners have indeed reached out to him and are listening to the fans.

Speaking ahead of United’s Europa League semi-final second leg clash at Roma, Solskjaer revealed: ‘I have been communicating with the owners, they have apologised to me personally.  

‘I know they have started communication with other individuals other than me.

‘It is a difficult position for me to be in this, I have to focus on the football. I have always had a good relationship and they do listen to me. They do listen to the fans and I am sure there will be better communication coming.’  

Avram Glazer has been hiding out in his Palm Beach mansion following the Super League scandal, but having been tracked down by Sky News, he was given the opportunity to ‘apologise’ for his part in the breakaway league and ‘address the United fans’.

However, he refused to comment when asked if United fans were ‘just customers’ to him. 

Then before getting in his car and driving away the Sky News reporter pressed: ‘This an opportunity for you – an apology perhaps?’. However he again refused to speak out.

More to follow… 

Edinson Cavani and Bruno Fernandes scored twice each to beat Roma at Old Trafford

Edinson Cavani and Bruno Fernandes scored twice each to beat Roma at Old Trafford

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Avram Glazer refuses to apologise AGAIN despite Manchester United fans storming Old Trafford

Manchester United co-chairman Avram Glazer refuses to apologise for European Super League plot after being tracked down by Sky News reporter at his Palm Beach home, despite fans storming Old Trafford in protest at their American owners

  • Avram Glazer has refused to apologise for his part in the European Super League
  • The billionaire has been hiding in his Palm Beach mansion following the incident
  • Having been tracked down he was given the opportunity to apologise to the fans
  • However, Glazer refused to comment on the situation and drove away instead  

Avram Glazer has refused to apologise to Manchester United fans for attempting to join the breakaway European Super League.

The billionaire has been hiding out in his Palm Beach mansion following the football scandal.   

Having been tracked down by Sky News, Glazer was given the opportunity to ‘apologise’ for his part in the breakaway league and ‘address the United fans’.  

Avram Glazer (above) refused to apologise to fans for his part in the European Super League

However, Glazer refused to comment when asked if Manchester United fans were ‘just customers’ to him.

Before getting in his car and driving away when a Sky News reporter said: ‘This an opportunity for you – an apology perhaps?’

The Glazers have recently been targeted by United supporters over the club’s failed bid to join the now defunct European Super League. 

However, he was tracked down and asked if Man United fans were 'just customers' to him

However, he was tracked down and asked if Man United fans were ‘just customers’ to him

The American billionaire refused to comment and go into his car and drove away (above)

The American billionaire refused to comment and go into his car and drove away (above)

The fans expressed their frustration at the American owners by storming Old Trafford on Sunday.   

As a result, Manchester United’s Premier League fixture against Liverpool was postponed after hundreds of fans protested outside the stadium. 

A select few even made their way into the stadium, with one fan finding his way into the changing rooms. 

Manchester United fans stormed Old Trafford on Sunday in protest at the Glazer ownership

Manchester United fans stormed Old Trafford on Sunday in protest at the Glazer ownership

Around 100 United protesters made their way into the ground and let-off flares on the pitch

Around 100 United protesters made their way into the ground and let-off flares on the pitch  

While a Greater Manchester Police officer nearly lost his eyesight during the protest as fans threw bottles when the law enforcement moved in to disperse the crowd.    

The protests came after the Glazer family attempted to sign United up to the breakaway European Super League project as one of 12 founder members.

They withdrew along with the other five Premier League representatives when the scale of the backlash from fans and the wider football world became clear.

Manchester United co-chairman Joel Glazer admitted they ‘got it wrong’ and ‘apologised unreservedly’ to the fans.  

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Gary Neville has made WhatsApp group of pundits to present unified voice against breakaway league 

Gary Neville forms pundit army to help fight any further Big Six breakaway plots, with former Man United captain setting up WhatsApp group including BT rivals Gary Lineker, Rio Ferdinand and Jake Humphrey

  • Gary Neville led the fight on Sky Sports against the European Super League 
  • The pundit believes his colleagues can play a part to prevent more stunts like it
  • Neville has formed a WhatsApp group to unite broadcasters on the subject 
  • Gary Lineker, Jamie Carragher and Rio Ferdinand are among those involved  

Gary Neville has brought together a group of pundits, broadcasters and commentators in an attempt to present a unified voice — and prevent further attempts at a breakaway league.

The former Manchester United and England defender is understood to have launched a collaboration that crosses broadcaster rivalries and includes the likes of Rio Ferdinand, Gary Lineker and Steve McManaman.

A call has already taken place and another is due on Tuesday between those involved, with initial plans set to be discussed. 

Gary Neville is continuing the fight against another attempt at a breakaway league project 

He has brought together a group of pundits, broadcasters and commentators in an attempt to present a unified voice, including Rio Ferdinand

And Gary Lineker

The Sky Sports presenter has got the likes of Rio Ferdinand (L) and Gary Lineker (R) involved

The aim is thought to be to ensure that the group can present a powerful, aligned voice against any moves from club owners to take the game away from its supporters.

Others involved in what is a powerful WhatsApp group include Neville’s fellow Sky pundit Jamie Carragher and Jake Humphrey (BT).

The plot to create a breakaway European Super League is behind the move. Neville’s role in speaking out against the now-defunct proposal is known to have set the tone and played a key role in its downfall. 

Jake Humphrey is also involved in a WhatsApp group that sees the broadcasters come together

Neville has additionally called-on the support of his  Sky Sports colleague Jamie Carragher

Jake Humphrey from BT and Jamie Carragher of Sky are also involved in a WhatsApp group 

Setting up of group comes amid a continued backlash against those involved in breakaway

Setting up of group comes amid a continued backlash against those involved in breakaway

There is a recognition that those from within the game who now work in the media can play a key part in ensuring that any further attempts also fail.

While those involved work for a variety of different broadcasters, there is nothing to stop them joining forces on major issues within football.

The setting up of the group comes amid a continued backlash against those involved in the botched breakaway. 

After protests at Chelsea and Arsenal, Manchester United fans invaded Old Trafford on Sunday and caused their match with Liverpool to be postponed.

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Thierry Henry warns Kroenke family ‘they need to listen’ to expected £1.8b Arsenal takeover bid

Thierry Henry insists Daniel Ek ‘wants to re-inject the Arsenal DNA, the identity that for me I think is long gone’, as Gunners icon tells Kroenkes they ‘need to listen’ to Spotify owner as he plots £1.8bn takeover

  • Spotify owner Daniel Ek is preparing to submit a bid to take control of Arsenal 
  • The Kroenkes are under pressure amid the European Super League backlash
  • Thierry Henry is among the Gunners legends backing the takeover attempt
  • The legendary striker has now urged the Arsenal owners to listen to the bidders

Thierry Henry has instructed the Kronkes to hear Daniel Ek out over his Arsenal takeover plans, with the Gunners icon throwing his support behind the bid.

The Swede announced his plot to seize control at the Emirates amid the European Super League backlash, with the Gunners owners coming under fierce pressure from fans following the doomed betrayal.     

Ek is preparing a bid of £1.8billion to purchase the north London club, with Arsenal Invincibles Henry, Dennis Bergkamp and Patrick Vieira getting involved to help. 

Thierry Henry is throwing his weight behind Daniel Ek’s bid to takeover at his old club Arsenal 

The Spotify owner is putting together a bid of £1.8b with the support of Gunners legends 

‘I know a lot of people wanted to hear about it, it is true. Daniel is an Arsenal fan,’ Premier League Hall of Fame star, Henry, told Sky Sports. 

‘He approached us, we listened to him. We knew first and foremost that he wanted to involve the fans. Bring them back on board and knowing what’s happening. 

‘He wants to re-inject the Arsenal DNA, the identity that for me I think is long gone. You don’t have Arsenal people there amongst the board and sometimes that can make sure it’s going in the right direction. 

‘He already reached out, already said himself that he has collected the funds to make sure he can put a good bid, now they need to listen. 

Gooners' distrust with the Kroenke family has boiled-over after the Super League debacle

Gooners’ distrust with the Kroenke family has boiled-over after the Super League debacle 

Stan Kroenke has overseen a miserable, steady decline over the last decade in north London

Stan Kroenke has overseen a miserable, steady decline over the last decade in north London

‘Something that is very important about it is a lot of people have been screaming that they want the owner out – we are trying to offer a solution involving the fans and the DNA back of the club. 

‘Let’s see where it is going to go because at one point also it needs to be a discussion, but he’s reached out.’ 

Gooners are preparing for a second anti-Kroenke protest on Thursday before their Europa League semi-final against Villarreal, with their frustration at the Americans finally boiling-over. 

Arsenal’s decline has been stark, with fans watching in disbelief as their once-great side hit rock-bottom this season, looking set to finish the season in mid-table.  

While the process will take time, Arsenal fans will be enjoying what Ek has been saying so far

While the process will take time, Arsenal fans will be enjoying what Ek has been saying so far 

Despite the supporters’ frustrations, Henry has warned that more patience is required before the Gunners can get back on track.  

‘I think it is going to be long and not easy if it does ever happen,’ Henry added. 

‘One thing that I want to reiterate is that Daniel will not move away, he will be there waiting to see if they want to sell.

‘That is going to take a very long time, we know what we want to do but first and foremost we need to make sure that we can take over, if they are listening.’      

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Jon Champion CUT OFF on American TV after speaking out against Glazers who own Manchester United

Commentator Jon Champion was abruptly CUT OFF on American TV as he spoke out against the Glazer family and criticised the ‘franchise’ system of sports ownership in the States during coverage of the postponement at Manchester United

Commentator Jon Champion was abruptly cut off on American network ESPN on Sunday whilst talking about the Glazer family who own Manchester United amidst the Red Devils’ postponed match against Liverpool. 

One of the biggest fixtures in English football didn’t take place as planned on Sunday after thousands of United fans gathered at Old Trafford in protest against the American billionaires who own the club, in the wake of the failed launch of the European Super League. 

And English broadcaster Champion, who still commentates for ITV at major tournaments, was in conversation with ex-USA international Taylor Twellman in the ESPN studio when he was cut off by the network whilst speaking out against the Glazers. 

Thousands of Manchester United fans gathered at Old Trafford in protest against the American billionaires who own the club,

Jon Champion (L) was cut off on ESPN after speaking out against the Glazer family on Sunday 

The broadcaster was in conversation with Taylor Twellman when he was cut off by the network

The broadcaster was in conversation with Taylor Twellman when he was cut off by the network 

Twellman was giving his verdict on the protests and postponement, saying: ‘Here in the United States, everything we do in sports in franchised…’

At this point, Champion interrupted his colleague and stated his own view: ‘Don’t mention that word, I hate that word. Because that has no place in our lexicon when we talk about European sports clubs. 

‘They’re clubs with beating hearts, not franchises. You have Manchester United, one of the Super League clubs… owned by the Glazer family who are widely despised as absentee owners. 

‘They bought the club by loading debt onto it. They don’t show any signs of care for it. 

‘And yet this is the thing which dominates the lives of so many of it’s followers, that’s why…’, at which point Champion’s monologue was cut off, with the broadcast switching to an advert for an MLS fixture. 

United fans protested against the Glazers, resulting in the Liverpool clash being postponed

United fans protested against the Glazers, resulting in the Liverpool clash being postponed 

ESPN have since suggested that the switch of broadcast was down to technical difficulties. 

United fans were protesting against the Glazer family – who also own Super Bowl winners and NFL franchise the Tampa Bay Buccaneers – who have owned the club since 2005. 

It follows the failed launch of the European Super League two weeks ago, in which the Glazers were architects of the breakaway competition which was widely condemned across English football. 

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Gary Neville implores Glazers to sell Manchester United as it’s the ‘honourable thing to do’

‘The stadium is rotting, the training ground isn’t in the top five in this country and we haven’t won the league in eight years’: Gary Neville implores Glazers to sell Manchester United as the ‘honourable thing to do’

  • Gary Neville says the Glazer family are struggling to back the club financially 
  • Neville hit out at the condition of Old Trafford and the club’s training facilities
  • Neville also criticised the club’s failure to develop the area around the stadium
  • Manchester United have now gone eight years without a Premier League title

Gary Neville has called on the Glazer family to sell Manchester United saying that it would be the ‘honourable thing to do.’

The Glazer’s have been targeted recently by United supporters over the club’s failed bid to join the now defunct European Super League; and Neville believes the Red Devils have become stagnant under their ownership.

Neville who spent his entire playing career at United, believes that the club are no longer showing signs of progress and that a change in ownership is needed in order for United to win major honours once more.

Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville has called on the Glazer family to sell Manchester United

Joel Glazer (left) and Avram Glazer (right) have been the subject of criticism from United fans

Joel Glazer (left) and Avram Glazer (right) have been the subject of criticism from United fans

‘The Glazer family have been resilient and stubborn for many, many years. Neville said during Sky Sports‘ Super Sunday coverage. 

‘If you think about the club they picked up in 2004, it had the best stadium in the country, one of the best in Europe. The best training ground in the country, probably in Europe.

‘A team that was getting to Champions league quarter finals, semi finals, and finals regularly, and winning the league every season, or every other season.

‘You look at the club now, this stadium I know it looks great here but if you go behind the scenes it’s rusty and rotting.’

Neville also believes the Glazer’s simply don’t have the necessary funds to take the club forward on and off the pitch. 

Neville also hit out at the lack of investment in Old Trafford and the club's training facilities

Neville also hit out at the lack of investment in Old Trafford and the club’s training facilities

He added: ‘The training ground is probably not even top five in this country, they haven’t got to a Champions League semi final in 10 years and we haven’t won a league here for eight years. 

‘The land around the ground is undeveloped, dormant and derelict, while every other club seems to be developing the facilities and the fan experiences. 

‘The Glazer family are struggling to meet the financial requirements, and the fans are saying enough is enough.

‘My view on it quite simply is they’re going to make a fortune if they sell this football club, and if they were to put it up for sale now, I think the time would be right and it would be the honourable thing to do.’

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Angry Manchester United fans STORM onto the pitch at Old Trafford

Angry Manchester United fans STORM onto the pitch at Old Trafford as thousands gather to protest against the hated Glazer owners, after others attempted to block the team bus from leaving the nearby Lowry hotel ahead of Liverpool showdown

Hundreds of Manchester United supporters have stormed the pitch at Old Trafford ahead of their game against Liverpool in protest at the club’s American owners.

It came after many more blockaded the entrance to the Lowry Hotel where the United players and staff are staying.

Thousands had assembled at an organised protest outside Old Trafford against the club’s American owners and their efforts to sign United up to the European Super League. 

And a section of the crowd managed to storm the entrances to the stadium, breach security and get onto the pitch.  

The departure of the team bus on the short journey from central Manchester to Old Trafford was delayed as police tried to force back the crowds and restore order. 

United were one of six Premier League clubs who initially signed up to the doomed project last month. They all withdrew 48 hours later following a furious backlash from the wider football community.

More to follow 

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