Manchester United fans have made their feelings clear with a passionate protest about the club’s owners ahead of the Premier League clash with Liverpool.
The Glazer family are believed to have been a driving force behind the doomed European Super League plans which rocked English football.
United were one of 12 teams to be announced as founding members of the competition, plans which were met with almost universal condemnation.
Due to the level of supporter backlash, United, along with the five other Premier League clubs were forced into an embarrassing U-turn.
Joel Glazer broke his silence with an open letter to fans, in which he offered frank apologies to the Red Devils fanbase.
“Over the past few days, we have all witnessed the great passion which football generates, and the deep loyalty our fans have for this great club,” the statement began.
“You made very clear your opposition to the Super League, and we have listened. We got it wrong, and we want to show that we can put things right.
“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.
“We continue to believe that football needs to become more sustainable throughout the pyramid for the long-term. However, we fully accept that the Super League was not the right way to go about it.”
However, fans have been unwilling to accept Glazer’s words and have mobilised ahead of the club’s first game at Old Trafford since the announcement.
A group of supporters have gathered around the club’s hotel to protest against the ownership, despite United facing arch rivals Liverpool.
There had been plans for both groups of fans to join in their dismay at the ESL for what many feel was a betrayal against the values of the English game.
United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has previously backed the idea of protest, claiming that the fans have the right to be heard.
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“It’s important that the fans’ views are listened to and that we communicate better," he said in his pre-match press conference.
"My job is to focus on the football side and that we have the best possible team. As I’ve said before, I’ve been backed, I’ve had great support from the club and the owners and I’m sure I will get the backing again to go one step further."
A Liverpool victory would seal the Premier League title for Manchester City, who moved 13 points clear of their cross city rivals with a win over Crystal Palace on Saturday.
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