Manchester United fans are planning another protest against owners the Glazers ahead of the weekend Premier League game against Norwich City.
Saturday saw United defeated at relegation-threatened Everton, a third loss in five games, to leave their top-four hopes all but extinguished. With managerial target Erik ten Hag yet to commit to the Old Trafford job, fans are again looking to make their feelings known.
Named ‘The 1958’, the United fan group have called for the “head of the snake” to be removed, expressing concerns that the Glazers are not sticking to commitments made following the fallout from the European Super League fiasco. As such, supporters have been called upon to protest before and during the match against Norwich City on Saturday.
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The march will start at 2pm and will head down Talbot Road, before reaching Old Trafford by 3pm. They will then stay outside of the stadium for 17 minutes after kick-off, symbolizing the 17 years that the Glazer family have been in charge of the club.
The statement reads: “This isn’t another Liverpool; we believe this was a one-off unique event. This is the start of the constant, relentless, peaceful and legal protests and actions against our owners. We know the challenges ahead of us and we will not waver or detract from these goals.”
They ended the statement with, “some things are worth fighting for…” The post has been shared by the Manchester United Supporters Trust and also retweeted nearly 2,800 times at the time of writing.
When plans for the European Super League were announced last year, many United fans dubbed the proposal as the ‘death of English football’. The fightback over the ESL plans came to a head during lockdown when thousands protested outside the behind-closed-doors game against Liverpool, which saw the match postponed after a number of fans gained access to the pitch.
Across the country fans of rival clubs such as Chelsea, Liverpool and Arsenal gathered in mass to show that they did not agree with the proposal. Soon after the plans for the ESL were scrapped and promises were made by clubs to make amends.
Given the visceral reaction, the Glazer family were aware that they needed to take steps to mend their relationship with the fanbase. They announced at the following fan forum that plans were to be put in place to listen to fans’ concerns with the club.
Commitments were made to improve Old Trafford, some of which have come to fruition. A fan engagement officer was also appointed to act as a go-between.
One key promise yet to materialize is the fan share scheme, which would give supporters the ability to buy into their club and have a say in its running. And with the anniversary of the announcement of the ESL having passed, some fans have decided to take action.
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