Man Utd fans set to begin ‘constant, peaceful’ protests against Glazer ownership

Manchester United fans plan to protest Glazer’s ownership of the club on Saturday.

A group of supporters called The 1958 have organized a protest march which will end at Old Trafford before United’s Premier League game with Norwich kicks off.

The 1958 tweeted an appeal to United fans: “The club is a mess so we must act and raise awareness again”, saying it would be the “beginning of the constant, relentless, peaceful and legal protests” against the owners in instead of “another Liverpool”.

Some United fans stormed the club’s Carrington training base and many more then stormed Old Trafford ahead of a closed-doors Premier League match against Liverpool last April, forcing the fixture to be postponed.

“This is not another Liverpool,” the 1958 statement said in a statement. “We think this was a unique and one-of-a-kind event.

“This is the beginning of the constant, relentless, peaceful and legal protests and actions against our owners.

“We know the challenges that lie ahead and we will not hesitate or downplay these goals.”

Manchester United Fan Demonstration – Old Trafford

Manchester United fans protest at Old Trafford last April before storming the ground and forcing their game against Liverpool to be postponed (Barrington Coombs/PA)

The Florida-based Glazer family has owned United since 2005 and oversaw a sharp drop in performance and results in recent years.

The record 20-time English champions have not won a Premier League title since Sir Alex Ferguson’s last season in charge in 2012-13 and no trophy of any kind in five years.

United have endured a turbulent campaign, sacked manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in November and dropped to seventh in the Premier League under caretaker boss Ralf Rangnick.

They are 23 points behind leaders Manchester City with seven games remaining in the season and out of all cup competitions.

Everton vs Manchester United – Premier League – Goodison Park

Manchester United have dropped to seventh in the Premier League under caretaker manager Ralf Rangnick (Martin Rickett/PA)

A recent poll, carried out between October and December 2021 by the Manchester United Supporters Trust, found that 78 per cent of those questioned were “dissatisfied” with those who have commanded Old Trafford over the past year.

More than three-quarters (77 per cent) of the sample of 19,956 supporters also said they lacked confidence that the club had “a clear strategy to get back to the top”.

This represented a big increase from the 36 percent who said they lacked confidence the year before.

The period reflects the 12 months the club was involved in the failed European Super League project that resulted in a backlash against the Glazers.

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