Several people walked into Manchester United’s Aon Training Qualification in Carrington on Thursday morning to protest the Glazer family’s ownership of the club.
The protesters blocked entrances to the training ground. Photographs were then circulated on social media of a number of men posing with two large flags on United’s first team training pitch.
Other protesters unveiled a banner that read ‘We decide when you play’ outside the entrance to the training ground.
Solskjaer, Carrick, Fletcher and Matic all spoke to the group. Police arrived in Carrington to help ease the situation, though The Athletics was informed that he was not arrested.
United players are due in Carrington this morning ahead of the club’s Premier League game against Leeds United on Sunday.
What has been said?
United issued a brief statement on Thursday to say the protesters had left.
The statement said: “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. ”
Why are they protesting?
A large number of United fans have long wanted the Glazer family to leave their club, but protests have accelerated after a turbulent week at the club.
Sunday United announced they were one of 12 new Super League ‘founding members’. But after a string of criticisms – including from the legendary former manager Sir Alex Ferguson – United announced that they were joining the rest of the so-called Big Six in the Premier League to pull out of the separation tournament.
Tuesday night, The Athletics He revealed that executive vice chairman Ed Woodward was to leave the club.
Have United fans protested against the Glazers before?
Since the Glazers acquired United in 2005, fans have been unhappy on several occasions with how the family has treated the club.
In 2010, United fans began wearing green and gold scarves to matches in line with Newton Heath, of which United club originated, in protest against American owners.
Anti-Glazer chants occur regularly at Old Trafford as a result of the family sacking United with hundreds of millions of pounds of debt and the club’s poor form in the post-Ferguson era.
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