MANCHESTER, England – Manchester United supporters stormed into the stadium and onto the pitch, delaying Sunday’s game against Liverpool as thousands of supporters gathered outside Old Trafford to demand ownership of the Glazer family sells the club.
Long-standing anger at the American owners has escalated after it was part of the failed attempt to get United into a European Super League as well as the club’s debt.
“Get out of our club,” chanted fans as flares went off. “We want Glazers to come out.”
The family, who also own the NFL’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers, have refused to engage with fans since buying United in 2005 in a leveraged takeover that tasked the club with debts.
Fans currently cannot attend games due to the pandemic, but they have found a way to enter the stadium. They also climbed viewpoints next to the turnstile entrances.
Supporters wore green and gold scarves and also set off flares in the colors of the club’s 1878 roster. More than 100 fans entered the stadium and some could be seen from the windows waving to the protesters.
If United lose Sunday’s game, Manchester City have won the Premier League title. United are the record 20-time England champions, but haven’t lifted the trophy since 2013.
Kick-off time was originally scheduled for 4:30 p.m. local time (3:30 p.m. GMT), but has been officially delayed.