Man Utd: Solskjaer responds to European Super League news
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Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer reportedly told fans that Joel Glazer ‘loves the club’. The Red Devils’ owners have come under immense criticism following their unsuccessful European Super League bid. And fans today visited Carrington to protest against the way the club is ran.
Manchester United beat Burnley 3-1 on Sunday.
But that day, and the time since, has been dominated by talk of the European Super League.
United were among six English clubs to try and join a new division, which would have also contained giants from Italy and Spain.
They then backed down on Tuesday, with Ed Woodward resigning from his role as executive vice-chairman after nearly eight years in the job.
Glazer then apologised to fans in an open letter, admitting they’d got things wrong and vowed to do better in the future.
Today, some supporters blocked the entrances to Carrington – making it clear they were furious with the way Glazer runs things at Old Trafford.
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And Red Issue have now opened up on how things played out.
It’s claimed Carrington’s facilities manager came out to speak to the protesters, insisting Solskjaer wouldn’t come out because they were ‘intimidating’.
Fans then made it clear they wouldn’t budge unless they got the chance to exchange views, with the Norwegian then leaving the building to approach them.
Solskjaer, along with his coaching staff, was asked where his voice had disappeared to.
The 48-year-old was against the Glazers’ takeover in 2005 but, throughout his reign, has refused to criticise the owners.
Protestors reportedly asked why Solskjaer could take a stand then, as a player, but would not now he’s manager of the club.
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And it’s said that, in response, Solskjaer said Joel Glazer ‘loves the club’.
A police car and riot van that turned up then kept their distance, allowing both parties to talk things out before United fans left the premises.
The club put out a statement earlier today confirming there had been protests, saying: “At approximately 9am this morning a group gained access to the club training ground.
“The manager and others spoke to them. Buildings were secure and the group has now left the site.”
It will be fascinating to see how the Glazers react, with the Americans unpopular figures around the club.
And Gary Neville, speaking on Monday night, urged them to leave – insisting United would be better off without them pulling the strings from the shadows.
He said: “I feel slightly complicit, I’ve stayed pretty quiet in terms of the Glazers over the years.
“I’ve done that because I’ve thought when the club was taken over as a Plc you knew it could be bought. It was out of the control of players, fans and everybody.
“I believe in a free market, and I’ve always thought ‘what’s the answer to the Glazers? Who takes them out? Russia, China, state money for the £2-3 billion it would need?’
“I’ve stayed quiet on the basis that it’s still Manchester United, you can still watch the lads play, I can be happy and sad, I can still watch football in this country, they take dividends out, I can live with that slightly, but what I can’t live with is attacking every single football fan in this country.
“They have stepped over the mark. They are scavengers and need booting out of this football club and booting out of this country.
“We have got to come together. It might be too late, there’ll be people at Manchester United, fans 15 years ago who will say it’s too late.
“It’s never too late, we have got to stop this. It is absolutely critical we do.
“We know Manchester United have got more money. Arsenal have more money, Liverpool have more money. We can live with that, there’s always going to be top clubs who have more money.
“But they can be beaten by Sheffield United or draw with Fulham. And they’re trying to take that away to create franchise football. Never. It can never happen.
“These six owners, I hope they’re panting hard and uncomfortable and their stomachs are churning.
“And the players who play for these clubs, I can’t sit here and say to the players of Manchester United and Liverpool to go on strike, because it wouldn’t be right.
“But lads, if you’ve got it in you, you can stop this. You can mobilise.
“Jurgen Klopp can stop it, he’s a man of integrity. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer can stop it, he’s a man of integrity. They can all contribute to stopping it.
“And we must come together now, because this has been backed by six wealthy families, on the integrity of our national sport, and it must be stopped.”
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