A group of Manchester United fans broke into the club’s Carrington training center in protest at failed European Premier League plans before leaving after a conversation with manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
A group of about 20 fans entered United’s training ground Thursday morning with banners that read “Glazers out” and “We decide when you play.”
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“At about 9 am [BST on Thursday] a group gained access to the club’s training ground, “a United statement confirmed.” The manager and others spoke to them. The premises were safe and the group have now left the site. “
It is understood they also blocked both entrances while players and staff arrived for pre-match training on Sunday’s Premier League match with Leeds United.
United does not deny a version of events published on United fanzine Red Issue’s Twitter account. The exchange with Solskjaer, Michael Carrick, Darren Fletcher and Nemanja Matic allegedly included a question for Solskjaer as to why he had not continued to speak out against the Glazers despite making critical comments about the 2005 takeover.
Solskjaer allegedly replied that “[chairman] Joel Glazer is delighted with the club, “but sources have told ESPN that the meeting was measured.
United announced their intention to withdraw from the ESL on Tuesday night following widespread criticism over the controversial plans unveiled 48 hours earlier.
Glazer issued an apology to supporters on Wednesday, but the plan – which is considered a coup by 12 of the most powerful clubs in the world – has rekindled calls for a change of ownership at Old Trafford.
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Earlier in the week, Ed Woodward resigned as United’s executive vice chairman after eight years in the role.
Former investment banker JP Morgan, who succeeded David Gill as the man in charge of United’s day-to-day operations in 2012, had been planning to step down at the end of the season, sources told ESPN.