Manchester United

Manchester United release statement as fans protest inside Carrington

Tom Gott
Manchester United's training ground was the site of protest
Manchester United's training ground was the site of protest / OLI SCARFF/Getty Images

Manchester United have confirmed that a number of fans managed to find their way into their Carrington training ground to protest the Glazer family's ownership of the club.

The Glazers have been controversial figures ever since they arrived at Old Trafford in 2005, with many fans unimpressed by the fact they took out loans against the club's name to fund their purchase, and tensions grew even more with the news that co-chairman Joel Glazer had been a driving force behind the Super League plans.

After the breakaway competition collapsed, United vice-chairman Ed Woodward confirmed his intention to step down at the end of the calendar year, and a number of fans broke into United's training ground to call for the Glazers to follow suit.

"At approximately 9am this morning a group gained access to the club training ground," a United statement read (via Samuel Luckhurst). "The manager and others spoke to them. Buildings were secure and the group has now left the site."

It was a short-lived protest, lasting just one hour, but it was indicative of the overwhelming frustration towards the Glazers which is shared by the majority of the club's fan base.

Joel Glazer moved to calm tensions by releasing a statement on the club's official website in which he apologised for his role in the Super League.

"You made very clear your opposition to the European Super League, and we have listened," the co-chairman said. "We got it wrong, and we want to show that we can put things right.

Joel Glazer
Joel Glazer was set to be a vice-chairman of the Super League / OLI SCARFF/Getty Images

"Although the wounds are raw and I understand that it will take time for the scars to heal, I am personally committed to rebuilding trust with our fans and learning from the message you delivered with such conviction.

"This is the world’s greatest football club and we apologise unreservedly for the unrest caused during these past few days. It is important for us to put that right."

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