Fan Revolt at Old Trafford!

“Glazers Out” protests at Old Trafford prior to the Liverpool game resulted in the game’s postponement.

pictured- Old Trafford, the home of Manchester nited and site of the protests

The fan backlash following the announcement of the now scrapped European Super League continued on Sunday at Old Trafford where an estimated 10,000 disgruntled football fans stormed the Theatre of Dreams in an attempt to oust The Glazer family, owners of Manchester United football club.

Demonstrators eventually made their way onto the hallowed turf through gates in the Munich tunnel and the disabled section. They then proceeded to set alight flares and damage the pitch surface. Some of the younger protesters started swinging from goalposts and even recreated iconic United goals.

pictured- the Munich Tunnel where fans gained access to the stadium.

This follows another smaller protest at the club’s Carrington training ground on the 22nd April which saw fans interact with United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and a much larger protest at Old Trafford on 24th April.

The protest was deliberately planned for the day United played fierce rivals Liverpool to show their displeasure on the biggest stage possible. The demonstration was organised on social media and shared by big United social media outlets such as ‘The United Stand’ and ‘The Stretford Paddock’.

Joel Glazer, co-owner of United, issued a statement on the 21st April announcing the clubs withdrawal from the super league project. This statement, in which Glazer stated that he is ‘personally committed to rebuilding trust with our fans’, was poorly received by fans and pundits alike. This did little to win over united fans who are still feeling betrayed by the team they love.

Ever present at the protest were the green and gold scarves worn by United fans as a nod to the clubs roots as Newton Heath LYR. These colours became a symbol for the Glazers out movement back in 2005 when the family, then led by patriarch Malcom, took over the reigns of the club from John Magnier and J.P. McManus.

The game is now scheduled to be played on Thursday 13th May. There are plans for another protest to take place before this game and United have responded by expanding the security measures at the ground to prevent a similar level of chaos to the protest last Thursday.

Some fans have decided to take action in other ways by targeting the clubs many sponsors. The most common tactic being used in this gorilla war against the glazers is adding thousands of pounds worth of stock to online carts and not checking out. This affects retailers ability to check stock and may cause some items to appear as sold out. @BoycottGlazers, an organiser of some of the protests at Old Trafford who has been against Glazer involvement in the club since the 2005 takeover described the reasoning behind the protests and the war on the clubs sponsors, ‘The aim for us is the removal of the Glazers, one way or the other. The club is heavily reliant on its image, its brand. This is what it sells around the world. Its clear the postponement of the match has huge repercussions.’

With further protests planned as far in advance as the clubs pre season games, it doesn’t look like the United fans are going to back down anytime soon.

By Joe Hogan.