A number of Manchester United supporters stormed Old Trafford and others prevented the team’s bus from reaching the stadium in protest of the Glaser family’s property.
The Red Devils are scheduled to play Liverpool at 4:30 p.m., although the startup is expected to be withdrawn due to the incident.
According to footage shared by Cantona_Collars on Twitter, supporters fired rockets and sang songs against Glazer to the United team coach, who had not started his short trip from the Lowry Hotel in Salford to Old Trafford since 2.30pm on Sunday – just two hours before the start.
The demonstrators were small compared to the thousands of fans who gathered at the stadium to protest before the Liverpool match. Footage published by the now defunct United fanzine Red edition, even showed that some protesters were gaining access to the field.
According to Carl Anka, others were seen gathering near the place where the team bus usually enters on the day of the match.
Glazers are extremely unpopular in Manchester for a variety of reasons. Their failure to invest in the club’s infrastructure has led to declining returns on the pitch and their recent support for a breakaway Super League has renewed the campaign to get them to sell the club. It is estimated that up to 10,000 United supporters can appear at the stadium on Sunday afternoon before the start.
According to Lori Whitwell, discussions are currently underway to find out if the protest violates the Covid-19 balloons of both teams. If this is the case, it seems that the match will be stopped.
The demonstrations are the latest in an upward trend of fan activism since the Super League opened last month. All fans of the participating clubs in the Premier League protested against the proposals. Chelsea fans took part in a particularly large demonstration, which coincided with the beginning of the end of the breakaway race.