The Glazers’ stance on selling Man Utd explained after dramatic Old Trafford protests
Man Utd: Fans protest against Glazers outside Old Trafford
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The Glazers are unlikely to sell Manchester United despite the current hostility towards their ownership, according to reports. The Americans have been in charge of the club ever since 2005. However, supporters want them ousted in the wake of their failed European Super League plot and made their feelings known at Old Trafford on Sunday.
Manchester United were due to face Liverpool at 4.30pm on Sunday.
However, fans stormed Old Trafford and ensured the match was postponed – with dramatic images going viral.
There was always going to be a protest held against the Glazers, with the event widely publicised before it happened.
But nobody was prepared for the huge numbers, nor what they were willing to do, with a small group getting onto the Old Trafford turf before being ejected by police.
The majority of the protests were peaceful but there some supporters went too far, throwing flares and attacking police and the pundits in the Sky Sports studio.
Yet, despite the hostility, ESPN claims the Glazers still have no plans to sell United.
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It’s claimed they’re currently unfazed by the hate coming their way, despite things escalating over the weekend.
And, furthermore, the Glazers also value their status as owners of United.
There have been reports that they’d be willing to talk should they receive an offer of £4billion, which would be a significant profit on the £500m they spent buying the club back in 2005.
But, in news that will likely devastate large sections of the United fanbase, Joel and Avram Glazer seem set to stay.
United fans also held protests outside the Lowry Hotel as they ensured United and Liverpool players couldn’t leave for the match.
What happens next remains to be seen, with the Premier League themselves likely to be unhappy at the fixture being postponed.
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Gary Neville and Roy Keane both expressed support for the protests while performing punditry duties for Sky Sports.
Neville said: “This is a consequence of the Manchester United owners’ actions two weeks ago.
“There is a general distrust and dislike of the owners, but they weren’t protesting two or three weeks ago.
“There’s huge discontent. They’re basically saying enough is enough. The Glazer family have been resilient and stubborn for many years. I think they’re struggling to meet the financial demands this club needs and have done for some time.
“If you think about the club they picked up in 2004, they had the best stadium in the country, probably one of the best in Europe; the best training ground in this country, probably the best training ground in Europe; the team was getting to Champions League semi-finals, quarter-finals and finals regularly and winning the league every season or every other season.
“You look at the club now. This stadium, if you go behind the scenes, is rusty and rotting.
“The training ground is probably now not even in the top five in this country.
“They haven’t got to a Champions League semi-final for 10 years and haven’t won the league for eight years.
“The land around the ground is undeveloped, dormant and derelict when every other club seems to be developing their facilities and their fan experiences.
“The Glazer family are struggling to meet the financial requirements and the fans are saying the time is up.
“They’re going to make a fortune if they sell this football club. If they were to put it up for sale now I think the time would be right and it’d be the honourable thing to do.”
Keane said: “There’s been a buildup in tension, whether it be about ticketing, poor communication, things going on in the background.
“The leadership of the club has not been good enough. When they look at the owners, they feel it’s just about making money. The United fans have looked at the Glazers and thought enough is enough.
“They’re doing it because they love the club. Some people won’t agree with it, but sometimes you have to put a marker down for people to take notice.
“This will go out all over the world and hopefully the owners of Manchester United will sit up and take note.
“These fans are deadly serious and this is just the start of it from United fans, I can guarantee you.”
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