Takeover talks mount at Manchester United as Glazers face increased pressure from fans
Manchester United meet Liverpool in the Premier League tonight but action on the pitch seems to play second fiddle to more drama off the pitch at Old Trafford.
Anger among supporters over the Glazer family’s property is growing by the day and underground fan group The 1958 organized a protest ahead of tonight’s game. Starting at 7pm they will march from The Tollgate to The Trinity to demonstrate their dissatisfaction with the Glazers and demand that the Americans sell.
In May 2021, the same game had to be rearranged after home fans broke into Old Trafford to protest Glazer family ownership, sparking fears of a similar situation this time and Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp believes his side are the three Points should be obtained when history repeats itself.
While preparing for tonight’s game Sky Sports will air an exclusive interview with Man Utd boss Erik ten Hag, conducted by Gary Neville and Jamie Carragher, with teaser clips showing pundits how the Dutchman is following the club’s dismal start to the campaign in which they were outclassed in losses to Brighton and Brentford grill .
Before getting active in the game itself, follow all the pre-game preparations and updates below:
United cancel pre-match meeting
Manchester United canceled a planned pre-match meeting at The Lowry Hotel in Salford on Monday afternoon at short notice due to security concerns.
United are set to take on Liverpool at 8pm on Monday night amid a jittery backdrop of another huge, fan-led protest over the Glazer family’s ownership of the club.
Erik ten Hag and his players were due to meet at the Lowry but United are said to have scrapped the plans around 1pm, with a small number of fans already preparing to protest outside the hotel.
A source said United security personnel expect the protest to be “a big one”.
The United manager and his squad could instead meet at Old Trafford, as they did ahead of the 2pm kick-off against Brighton on the opening weekend of the season.
A behind closed doors game against Liverpool in May 2021 had to be postponed after fans broke into Old Trafford during a protest against the Glazers while others lined up outside the hotel where the players were staying – the Lowry – and set up a barricade between team buses formed and chanted “we decide when you play”.
Michael JonesAug 22, 2022 2:38 p.m
Manchester United Supporters Trust issues statement on Glazers
While the 1958 supporters’ group is calling for protests against the Glazers, the official Manchester United Supporters Trust has separately branded the American family’s possessions as a ‘fish rotting from the head’.
A large number of fans were unhappy with the Glazers, who bought United in 2005 via a leveraged buyout that placed a huge debt burden on the club, which had previously been relatively debt free. 17 years later, United’s debts stand at around £500m. The Glazers also receive semi-annual dividends that effectively pay out of club funds, another contentious issue for fan groups.
The Brentford defeat prompted the Manchester United Supporters Trust to issue a statement that was particularly strong as it is in negotiations with the club over a fan-share policy, which is expected to be passed following a vote last week.
The statement said: “As we have always said, a fish rots from the head. And the ultimate responsibility for the appalling state of our football club must rest with its owners, the Glazer family. It is now up to them and their management team to explain to United fans why we are in this state and what they will do about it. We’ve had some tough times over the past ten years, but this really feels like a low point.
“We are often asked about protests at upcoming games (including Liverpool) and as we have always said we will make public any credible, lawful and peaceful protests so our members have the information and can make their own decision on whether to attend want.
“We will announce the result of the election in the coming days and expand the consultation to ensure that no supporter is excluded from expressing their opinion.”
Michael JonesAug 22, 2022 2:33 p.m
Liverpool earn points if Manchester United fans force postponement, says Klopp
Jurgen Klopp believes Liverpool should get the three points if protests from Manchester United fans result in Monday’s game at Old Trafford being abandoned or postponed.
The 1958, a United States support group, is organizing a protest against the Glazer family, saying it wants to “show the world our deep dissatisfaction with this vile property.”
Liverpool’s visit to Old Trafford in May 2021, a game due to be played behind closed doors during lockdown, was canceled because fans smashed into the ground during a demonstration against the Glazers.
Klopp’s side won the rearranged game 4-2 but the Liverpool manager reckons a replay tonight should simply give his side the points for the win.
“Plans for the game that’s not happening? Yes, take the bus home,” he said. “I really hope it doesn’t happen, but if it does I think we’ll get the points.”
Jurgen Klopp: Liverpool deserve points if Glazer protest forces postponement
The German has spoken about expected protests by a fan group over the Glazer family’s ownership of the club, with the game between the bitter rivals in May 2021 being called off after fans broke into the stadium
Michael JonesAug 22, 2022 2:25 p.m
Planned protests ahead of Man Utd vs Liverpool
The 1958, an underground Manchester United supporters group, protested against the Glazer family ahead of Liverpool’s visit to Old Trafford on Monday night.
The protest is expected to be a march to the stadium, aiming to arrive at the Trinity Statue opposite the club’s megastore at 7.30pm – half an hour before kick-off.
A statement on The 1958’s website said: “For Liverpool we will be planting the 1958 flag at the Trinity for those wishing to take a stand from 7.30pm. In support of fans attending a game and not who have gone out to show their dissatisfaction with this failed ownership.
“We urge anyone with any future ideas or plans for matchday action to contact us so we can help validate feasibility and offer help, support and advice. We’re all on the same page and it’s crucial that the momentum and the pressure are maintained above all else. This is a war not a battle, dig in and be prepared for the long run.”
Michael JonesAug 22, 2022 2:18 p.m
Manchester United vs Liverpool
Welcome to that of the independent Covering today’s Premier League action as Manchester United take on Liverpool at Old Trafford amid planned protests and demonstrations against the Glazer family’s ownership of the club.
Erik ten Hag’s tenure as United boss has got off to a terrible start after back-to-back defeats to Brighton (2-1) and Brentford (4-0) in the league and now he’s tasked with taking on Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool.
The Reds have been one of the Premier League’s leading sides in recent years, but Klopp’s men have also botched their opening for this year’s season. They were not in the lead in either of their two games, twice coming from behind to draw with Fulham (2-2) before Luis Diaz salvaged a point with a brilliant strike against Crystal Palace (1-1).
Man Utd supporters are furious with the Glazers and a protest has been organized for today ahead of tonight’s game. Starting at 7pm, The Tollgate fans will march to Trinity to demonstrate their dissatisfaction with the owners and demand that the Americans sell the club.
Michael JonesAug 22, 2022 2:12 p.m
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