Supporters spoke to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer before they were escorted off the building Thursday morning
Manchester United fans broke into the club’s Carrington training center on Thursday morning to protest against the club’s owners.
About 20 fans blocked the entrance to the training ground before entering and placing banners that read: ‘We decide when you play’, ‘Glazers out’ and ‘51% MUFC 20 ‘.
Red Devils boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer spoke to the protesters, who arrived at the site shortly after 9am (BST), before being escorted off the premises.
The fans entered the club’s training ground before the majority of the first team arrived and blocked both entrances as they stood with their flags. The ‘51% ‘banner refers to supporters who hold the majority of voting rights at the club, a model common in German football.
The protesters made their way into the training ground to the first team fields where they asked for pictures with their flags and insisted on talking to Solskjaer.
Norway is understood to have come out to talk to the fans, along with technical director Darren Fletcher, first team coach Michael Carrick and midfielder Nemanja Matic.
The group left shortly thereafter and while the police were called, it is understood that no arrests were made.
What has Man Utd said?
A statement from the club read: “At around 9am this morning a group gained access to the club’s training ground.
“The manager and others spoke to them. The premises were safe and the group have now left the site.”
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Why are they protesting?
Manchester United fans have been outraged at the club’s ownership since the Glazer family took possession in 2005, with several protests since then.
The basis of their anger relates to the debt the club has incurred and many supporters believe that the American owners are not in United’s best interests.
And the protests gained momentum once again following the Super League announcement on Sunday, with fans having been left frustrated by the lack of communication.
Chelsea fans were seen congregating outside Stamford Bridge on Tuesday night, with Liverpool fans staging their own protests in Elland Road on Monday night.
With United not having a match until Sunday, away to Leeds United, fans decided on a different course of action by heading to Carrington.
A statement from Manchester United Supporters Trust said the proposal to form a separation league with 11 other clubs was “a betrayal of everything the club has ever stood for”.
They added: “Super League is based on a closed shop of wealthy self-selected clubs going against everything that football, and Manchester United, should stand for.”
The reaction from fans, players, managers and official organizations led to United making the decision to withdraw from the proposed new competition and Joel Glazer penned an open letter to fans admitting they had made a mistake with their decision to form the league.