A large majority of Manchester United fans are unhappy with the way the club is run, a poll has found.
88% of respondents to the Manchester United Supporters Trust’s newly released United Voice study said they were “dissatisfied” with the way Old Trafford was run over the past year.
More than three-quarters (77 per cent) of the sample of 19,956 fans also said they lacked confidence that the club “has a clear strategy to get back to the top”. This represented a huge increase from the 36 percent who said they lacked confidence the previous year.
The survey was conducted between October and December 2021 and reflects a 12-month period in which the club was involved in the doomed European Super League project.
On the question of the Super League, 56 percent expressed fears the concept could be revived in the future, with just 21 percent certain it would not. Should the idea resurface, 83 percent said they would oppose it.
The results reflect ongoing unease within the fan base with the Glazer family, the club’s owners.
Last year’s Super League episode sparked a new wave of protests against the Glazers, who responded by promising to improve dialogue with fans and launch a share scheme where fans could get a stake in the club.
MUST said in its statement: “Following the ESL debacle and inconsistency on the player side, satisfaction with the club’s leadership and confidence in its strategy to return to the top fell significantly from an already low base.
“The Glazers and the new CEO must fulfill their recent commitments this year to reverse these results.”
The share program has yet to be set up, but the survey concluded it was “encouraging” that 51 percent of respondents were familiar with the proposal, despite “limited disclosure of details.”
Other key findings from the poll related to the current state of Old Trafford itself, with 80 per cent calling for some form of improvement at the stadium. Only 17 percent were in favor of building a completely new stadium.
However, 72 percent said they lacked confidence in the owners to provide the necessary investment to refurbish the stadium.
MUST said: “Supporters want a major redevelopment of Old Trafford with expanded capacity and much-improved facilities. They need the assurance that this is going to happen now and (to) be fully involved in the design and implementation.”
The PA news agency has reached out to United for an answer.
https://www.independent.ie/sport/soccer/three-quarters-of-man-utd-fans-unhappy-with-running-of-the-club-survey-finds-41476290.html Poll results show three-quarters of Man Utd fans are unhappy with the club’s leadership