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  • May 15, 2021

Exclusive: Roy Keane says Old Trafford protests are ‘just the start’ as Gary Neville calls for Glazer family to do ‘honourable thing’ and sell Manchester United

 Exclusive: Roy Keane says Old Trafford protests are ‘just the start’ as Gary Neville calls for Glazer family to do ‘honourable thing’ and sell Manchester United


Gary Neville called on the Glazers to ‘do the honourable thing’ and sell Manchester United following the angry protests at Old Trafford on Sunday.

Fellow United legend Roy Keane, meanwhile, joined Neville in backing the supporters’ anti-Glazer feeling and declared the protests were ‘just the start’.

The Man United fans begun their protests outside Old Trafford

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The Man United fans begun their protests outside Old Trafford

But some managed to get inside the stadium

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But some managed to get inside the stadium

Tensions between supporters and the club’s top brass have been simmering ever since Malcolm Glazer took control in 2005.

But they’ve since reached boiling point when current owner Joel Glazer, along with the owners of the Premier League’s other ‘big six’ clubs, attempted to form a breakaway European Super League.

The controversial project fell flat on its face after two days but resentment between fans and the decision-makers at Old Trafford still linger.

A number of fans stormed the club’s training ground last month but Sunday’s protests were the biggest yet as thousands congretated at their stadium to make their feelings clear.

Some then broke into the stadium, causing damage, and letting off flares on the pitch with the decision duly taken to call off United’s game against Liverpool.

Neville condemned Glazer further as he reacted to the shocking news of the protest spilling over

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Neville condemned Glazer further as he reacted to the shocking news of the protest spilling over

What’s next? Well, club legend Neville wants to see power taken away from the likes of the Glazers, insisting the Americans ‘never had the trust’ of Man United fans and blamed them for sparking the protests.

“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,” Neville said.

“My view is quite simply that they’re going to make a fortune if they sell the club and if they were to put it up for sale now I think the time would be right, and it would be the honourable thing to do.

“There’s huge discontent, not just across Manchester United fans, but I think for football fans up and down the country and I think they are just saying enough is enough.

“The Glazer family have been resilient and stubborn for many, many years. I think they are struggling to meet the financial demands that this club needs and have done for some time.

Thousands gathered at Old Trafford to protest against the Glazers

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Thousands gathered at Old Trafford to protest against the Glazers

“If you think about the club they picked up in 2004, it had the best stadium in the country, one of the best in Europe, it had the best training ground in this country, and probably one of the best in Europe.

“It had a team that was consistently getting to Champions League quarter-finals, semi-finals and finals regularly and winning the league every season or every other season.

“If you look at the club now, this stadium I know it looks great here but if you go behind the scenes it is rusting and rotten. If you look at the training ground it’s probably not even the top five in this country, they haven’t got to a Champions League semi-final for 10 years.

“We haven’t won a league here at Manchester United for eight years. The land around the ground is undeveloped, dormant and derelict while every other club seems to be developing the facilities and the fan experience.

“All football fans should unite today behind what Manchester United fans have done today because what happened two weeks ago was really dangerous for English football.

“Today there is anger. I would hope that tomorrow it switches towards mobilisation towards reform, regulation and behind the fan-led review.

“Maybe I’m being naïve, but Manchester United and Liverpool should be acting like the Grandfathers of English football, demonstrating compassion, spreading their wealth through the family and being fair. But they’ve demonstrated self greed and tried to walk away with all the money themselves, letting the family struggle below. That’s not what you do at these clubs. An apology is not good enough.

“The Glazers say they want to rebuild the trust but they never had the trust of the supporters. He’s never communicated to them. He’s never said a word. The fans have protested peacefully and it’s every person’s right. There are six or seven people within English football who have it in their control, and that control has to be taken away from them.”

Keane backed United fans for airing their disappointment with the Glazers

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Keane backed United fans for airing their disappointment with the Glazers

Keane, meanwhile, backed the fans’ right to protest and understood their anger.

“I’m disappointed that the game’s off because we’re footballing people, but I think United fans have just had enough,” he said.

“They’re doing it because they love the club and it’s not what has happened over the last few weeks with the Super League, I think it’s been building for a number of years now, that frustration, and they’ve come to the end and thought ‘enough is enough’.

“It’s been building up over the last few years – disappointment in communication, stuff going on in the backroom, tickets, whatever it might be. The leadership of the club has not been good enough, when they look at the owners and feel it’s just about making money.

“The statement today is huge for the game to be called off.

“Sometimes you have to put a marker down for people to take notice and this will go all over the world now and people will have to sit up and take note.

“Hopefully the owners of Man Utd will say ‘these fans are deadly serious’ and there’s more to come. This is just the start of it for United fans, I guarantee you.

“What happens at the next home game, is it the same? This is just the start for United fans and their plan is for the United owners to give in and sell the club.”





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