Manchester United hero Peter Schmeichel’s controversial comments on Glazers after protests
Man Utd: Fans protest against Glazers outside Old Trafford
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Manchester United legend Peter Schmeichel believes fans were right to protest against the Glazers. However, the former goalkeeper has controversially claimed everyone must work with the Americans to help lift the club from their post-Sir Alex Ferguson slump. Old Trafford security was breached on Sunday, with supporters storming the stadium and forcing their Premier League match with Liverpool to be postponed.
Before the match against Liverpool, talk of a protest went viral on social media.
But nobody expected the sheer number of fans to be involved, as supporters rallied together to make their voices heard.
While some tarnished the demonstration by throwing flares and other missiles at police, the majority of individuals protested peacefully.
Old Trafford was breached at one point, with fans making their way onto the turf and eventually causing the match against Liverpool to be postponed.
And Schmeichel feels they were right to protest, telling CBS Sports: “First of all, I knew that there were going to be demonstrations before the game.
“I was with all of the fans. I think it was the right moment to express their feelings about what is happening at the club, the way the leadership is taking it, the direction.
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“And even though it is dead in the water, their opposition to the European Super League, that was only right.
“There was this peaceful demonstration, and then you had this younger group of fans in their 20s actually coming in through the Stretford End.
“This is where it kind of got a little bit wrong for me. I think the message was very important. Football is played for the fans. The fans should really have a voice and should be able to express their opinions. They haven’t been able to come to any matches for a very, very long time. And there was an opportunity.
“But then a very, very small group of fans actually spoiled it for the real message.
“I hope this is not what we are going to talk about in the time to come, the games to come, the fans entering Old Trafford.
“I think they got into the dressing room as well, which is one of the main reasons for the game to be postponed because they interfered with the COVID protocols.
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“I hope the real message will be in the headlines that something needs to change. Something definitely needs to be changed.”
Controversially, however, Schmeichel thinks United fans should work in tandem with the Glazers – rather than continuing to try to force the American owners out of the club.
“Of course it is easy to say Manchester United’s environment should be a winning environment,” he said.
“Of course, that is absolutely a certainty.
“But how do you get there? What are the values that you need to pose for the club to get into that? I think that is an opportunity now.
“I really hope the Glazer family will take this opportunity. I absolutely hope that they see the misjudgment as they called it two weeks ago, that they really misjudged the whole situation, plus what happened [Sunday], I hope they see that as a cue to make those changes.
“At the end of the day, commercially it is a success. If you do the other side of Manchester United, the football side, you aren’t going to lose money on it… It is all about mentality, I think.
“For what has happened the last two or three weeks, I hope that the Glazer family will look at this and say, ‘Well, there is a need for us to change, a need for us to bring people in that are closer to it.’ There is a need for the family to get closer to the club.
“It is easy to say that [fans want the Glazers out].
“But the club will be, I don’t know, three, four, five billion dollars? Who’s got that kind of money to buy the football club?
“If you look at potential buyers, are they going to make it much better? Is it going to be different? There are examples, but they never bought in at that price tag.
“I would much rather that we work with the Glazers, because I think there is a willingness within the family. Work with the Glazers to make this football club what this football club is supposed to be.”
Schmeichel also revealed that he hadn’t talked to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer about the protests.
“No, I haven’t spoken to him,” he said. “I think that he has more than enough on his plate.
“I think he kept very quiet today. Of course, he must have been extremely frustrated with this situation. Because obviously he is in between two semi-finals. The result on Thursday [6-2 over Roma in the Europa League semi-final first leg], there is no guarantee, but it is as close to a guarantee that they will be in the final.
“They only have to go play a really solid game in Rome to be in there. So maybe, if ever something like this was supposed to happen, maybe this was the only good time, if you’d like.
“But can you imagine? He’s got this massive game. This is the biggest game in club football, individual game in club football in the world. It is where the most viewers are, it is where the most interest is.
“This is a massive game. It’s got the attention of everyone in football. It’s not a game he would want to lose, but he is in between two semi-finals. So he’s got to mix his team up so he can put out a team that is competitive and look ahead to the next game.”
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