Man Utd fans break into club’s Carrington training ground to protest Glazer ownership

Supporters spoke to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer before they were escorted from the site on Thursday morning

Manchester United supporters entered the club’s Carrington training base on Thursday morning to protest against the club’s owners.

About 20 fans blocked the entrance to the training ground before entering and posing with banners that read: ‘We decide when you play’, ‘Glazers out’ and ‘51% MUFC 20 ’.

Red Devils leader Ole Gunnar Solskjaer spoke to the protesters who entered the site shortly after 9am (BST) before they were escorted from the scene.

What happened?

The fans entered the club’s training ground before the majority of the first team arrived and blocked both entrances as they stood with their banners. The ‘51% ‘banner refers to fans owning the majority of voting rights at the club, a model common in German football.

The protesters entered the training ground to the first-team pitches, where they posed for pictures with their banners and demanded to speak to Solskjaer.

It is understood the Norwegian came out to speak to the supporters, along with technical director Darren Fletcher, first-team coach Michael Carrick and midfielder Nemanja Matic.

The group left shortly after and while the police were called, it is understood that no arrests had been made.

What did Man Utd say?

A statement from the club read: “Around 9am this morning a group gained access to the club training ground.

“The manager and others spoke to them. Buildings were safe and the group has now left the site.”

Why are they protesting?

Manchester United fans have been harassing the club’s ownership since the Glazer family took over in 2005, with many protests since then.

The basis of their anger is around the debt brought to the club and many fans believe the US owners do not have the best interests of United.

And the protests erupted again after the announcement of the Super League on Sunday, with fans frustrated by a lack of communication.

Chelsea supporters were seen gathering outside Stamford Bridge on Tuesday night, with Liverpool fans holding their own protests at Elland Road on Monday evening.

Where United have no game until Sunday, away to Leeds United, fans have decided another course of action by going to Carrington.

A statement from Manchester United Supporters’ Trust said the proposal to form an independent league with 11 other clubs was “a betrayal of everything the club has ever advocated”.

They added: “A Premier League based on a closed shop of self-selected wealthy clubs opposes all football, and Manchester United must replace it.”

The reaction from fans, players, administrators and official organizations caused United to decide to withdraw from the proposed new contest and Joel Glazer wrote an open letter to fans to confess that they had made a mistake with his decision to form the league.

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