A group of Manchester United supporters joined the club’s Carrington training base in protest of the failed plans for the European Super League before leaving after a conversation with manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
A group of about 20 fans entered United’s training ground Thursday morning with banners that featured “Glazers out” and “We decide when you play.”
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“Around 9 o’clock in the morning [BST on Thursday] group gained access to the club’s training ground, “confirmed a statement from the United States.” The manager and others spoke to them. Buildings were safe and the group has now left the site. “
It is understood they also blocked both entrances as players and staff arrived to train ahead of Sunday’s Premier League match with Leeds United.
United does not deny a version of events published on the Twitter account of United fan magazine Red Issue. The exchange with Solskjaer, Michael Carrick, Darren Fletcher and Nemanja Matic reportedly included a question to Solskjaer about why he did not continue to speak out against the Glazers despite making critical comments about the 2005 takeover.
Solskjaer reportedly replied that “[chairman] Joel Glazer loves the club, “but sources told ESPN the meeting was quiet.
United announced their intention to withdraw from the ESL on Tuesday evening after widespread criticism of the controversial plans revealed 48 hours earlier.
Glazer apologized to fans on Wednesday, but the plan – seen as a coup by 12 of the most powerful clubs in the world – has resurfaced requests for a change of ownership at Old Trafford.
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Earlier in the week, Ed Woodward resigned as United executive vice president after eight years in the role.
Former JP Morgan investment banker, who succeeded David Gill as head of United’s day-to-day operations in 2012, planned to retire at the end of the season, sources told ESPN.