Manchester United forced to release statement after anti-Glazer fan protest for Norwich City clash
According to The Sun, Manchester United were forced to release a statement after supporters of the club demonstrated against the ownership of the side by the Glazer family, during the Norwich City game over the weekend.
United ended up beating the Canaries in a 3-2 win at Old Trafford due to a Cristiano Ronaldo hat-trick, but fans inside and outside the stadium let their feeling against the Glazers be known by waving banners and chanting anti-Glazer sentiments.
The Manchester side put out a statement against the actions of the supporters, saying that the club was working hard on strengthening the engagement with fans as well as creating conditions for renewed success on the pitch.
“We are working hard to create the conditions for renewed success on the pitch, while strengthening our engagement with fans.”
The win against Norwich was the first victory of the month for the Red Devils, who had previously lost to Everton 1-0 and drawn 1-1 against Leicester City as they dented their hopes of finishing in the top four of the Premier League table.
“Competing for trophies”
Trophies have been missing at the Theatre of Dreams as well, with this year’s exits from the League Cup, FA Cup, and Champions League ensuring that we have now gone five years without winning any silverware.
United, in their statement, said that they respected the right of fans to voice their opinions and that the club would continue to listen to them and work hard together to get the side back to competing for trophies once again.
“We respect the right of fans to voice their opinions peacefully and we will continue to listen to them, with the aim of working together to get the club back to where we all want to be: competing for trophies.”
Various chants, including “We want Glazers out” and “Joe Glazer’s gonna die” were heard ringing through the air, although inside Old Trafford, the majority of the noise from the home crowd was in response to Ronaldo scoring yet another PL hat-trick of the season.
The result moved the club up to fifth place in the Premier League table, three points behind fourth-placed Tottenham Hotspur. As things stand, Spurs stand a chance to qualify for the UEFA Champions League next term.
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The biggest reason why supporters are protesting against the Glazer family’s ownership of the club is that fans want a major restructuring at the board level to improve results on the pitch, which they have not been convinced by as yet. The Old Trafford protest came just one day after a handful of fans turned up at Carrington, which is the Red Devils’ training ground.
Luckily, things inside the stadium resulted in a happy mood for most visitors to the Theatre of Dreams. If the Manchester side failed to pick up their first three points of the month against rock-bottom Norwich, then perhaps things could have resulted in a worse protest against the team, and not just the owners.