Old Trafford was supposed to host the final installment of Manchester United’s rivalry with Liverpool, but instead witnessed unprecedented protests against the club’s Glazer family ownership, with England’s biggest football game postponed amid a frantic invasion of the land.
Thousands of Manchester United fans gathered on the forecourt of Old Trafford hours before kick-off to express their renewed dissatisfaction with the Glazers over their involvement in the failed European Super League proposals, before a Incredible escalation sees hundreds of force making their way through the stadium and onto the field.
From the effectiveness of the protest and safety at Old Trafford, to whether the Glazers will take note and assess their 16-year stint as Manchester United goalkeepers, Sunday’s protest raised a multitude of questions , many of which remain unanswered.
On this week Pitch to Post Review Podcast, Sky Sports News‘Northwest Reporter James cooper joined Jasper Taylor to offer his first-hand account of events outside of Old Trafford and assess where disgruntled Manchester United fans are going here in their attempt to oust the Glazers …
Can anyone buy the Man Utd Glazers?
“The question of who can afford to buy Manchester United raises questions about who this person or persons are, and where the funds are coming from. It would have to be said that the shortlist would be made up of oligarchs, sheikhs and billionaires, whether they would want to buy United, however, that is another matter.
“Let’s say someone decides to buy Manchester United for £ 3 billion or £ 4 billion, then there are a lot of issues that are going to eat up money as well. Throw yourself some money down the Old Trafford black hole and make yourself a 21st. stadium of the century by redeveloping it, or a bit like Tottenham, do you look at the pitch around the ground and build a new stadium next to it?
“I think the glaziers are looking for the cheapest, what can they get away with. As business people, I guess they naturally do this.
“Then you look at the playing team, Manchester United want the best players but this summer they can’t afford the best players. They could have a great player but the fans want three or four stellar players and that costs money. That’s all. very well saying who can afford to buy the club, but then it comes down to who can afford to bring it to the level demanded by Manchester United fans.
“This is the environment right now, if someone comes in and buys Manchester United and things don’t go right and continue the same way the Glazers did, then these problems will repeat themselves over and over again.
“Manchester United fans won’t like me to say it, but maybe the heck you know. They know how the Glazers behave, what they’re talking about, and we just have to keep going, but I don’t am not sure many people would agree with me. “
The good the bad and the ugly
“We always thought it was going to be a big protest because of the numbers, 10,000 were expected in the forecourt of Old Trafford and we thought it would be the power of protest. There weren’t 10,000, plus two or three, but what happened was significant in a different way.
“No one is worried that people are protesting, the police would be okay with that, Manchester United would be okay with that, but it went wrong. For people to say it was a peaceful protest was a mistake, it was wrong was largely a peaceful protest.
“The passion and emotion was there, the green and gold flares made for great photos, but what didn’t make for a good viewing was when bottles were thrown quickly disintegrated into something that was not a protest or a demonstration but akin to a riot.
“There will be an overwhelming majority of Manchester United fans who will be proud of what happened yesterday and proud to have called off the game because that’s what these people were trying to do, and they got it right . “
Silent Glazers is now well aware of fan turmoil
“There were ravenous protests in 2010 when thousands of people marched through the streets of Manchester with green and gold, but like it or not it ended up coming to naught.
“What Sunday achieved was the cancellation of England’s biggest football match with people entering Old Trafford and onto the pitch, footage which will be shown around the world.
“If the fans were to try to make their campaign a global campaign that gets passed on to the Glazers, be it true or false, I’m sure the Glazers will be well aware that the game didn’t happen and some of the things that happened on behalf of Manchester United.
“At a time when Manchester United owners have been talking about better communication and building bridges, we saw no representation of Glazer at the Emergency Fan Forum meeting on Friday, as they had the opportunity to play their words.
“The protests represent the feelings towards the owners, who have not left. It has been a festering relationship with little to no communication.
“This is not a case of goodwill or bad humor between Manchester United fans and the owners, there just isn’t any relationship, there never has been.”
Will the protests make a difference?
“The protests represented the emotion and the fact that Manchester United fans have had enough.
“The question that was put to me more than anything other than ‘is the match going to start? “was:” Do you think this will make a difference? ” If you look back to 2010, you probably have to say no.
“The Glazer family, for good or for bad, like owning Manchester United, has a lot of advantages for them. Have things changed? Probably not, I think they see it all from Florida as a Manchester problem that does not hurt them.
“When Manchester United fans wonder if the protests are going to make a difference, they fear that as far as things have gone on Sunday, even that will not be enough to achieve what they want.
“I think the fans are realizing that maybe all of this has gone beyond Manchester United, the Premier League and the owners debate and they might consider the government doing something because I can’t see it all just not that dream of 50 + 1 home ownership happen without any government regulations.
“The owners are not going to decide that this is a great way to run things and suddenly give fans as many votes as they want in a football club. It just won’t happen, these owners want to run the clubs. like businesses, let governments step in, and that’s where the stumbling blocks come from. “
Pitch to Post Review: Glazers Out protests hit Old Trafford; More: Milestone week of the season in Europe for Premier League quartet
Jasper taylor is joined by James cooper, Ben ransom and Adam bate to discuss the unprecedented protests inside and outside Old Trafford and major talking points ahead of a pivotal week for the season in Europe.
PART 1 – Protests at Old Trafford lead to postponement of Man Utd vs Liverpool | James Cooper’s Story | What’s next for the Man Utd Glazers?
PART 2 – What is the feeling towards the owners of Man City? | What did they do differently? | Will the Glazers sell Man Utd?
Part 3 – Champions League and Europa League preview | How are Man City, Chelsea, Man Utd and Arsenal doing? | For whom will a trophy be more important?
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