Jamie Carragher has backed Man United supporters’ protests against their club’s ownership, after Sunday’s game against Liverpool was postponed.
Around 10,000 fans demonstrated at Old Trafford, some making their way onto the pitch, while hundreds more blocked the streets surrounding the Man United team hotel.
This meant that ultimately the match was postponed – with a new date, at the time of writing, which has yet to be announced.
United fans were protesting against Glazer family ownership of the club after the Super League fiasco a fortnight ago proved to be their tipping point.
And while some titles will be dominated by violent scenes, Carragher rightly pointed out that such silliness will always pervade any manifestation.
“There will always be idiots, but I actually think what United fans have done today is a good thing to protest and not be happy with what is happening at the club,” Carragher said on Sky Sports.
“There will always be one or two people who go too far. There is always someone doing something stupid. It shouldn’t be the top news.
“It’s not about scoring points. I am behind protesting what is wrong with your football club. We lost a football game today, but we have to accept it.
“What the Glazers have been doing at the club over the past 10 or 15 years the fans are not happy. They should always be able to protest and, by and large, the supporters did it the right way. “
Liverpool fans should know all too well how the actions of a minority can be what the media captures, the example of the Man City team bus and the Real Madrid team bus at Anfield being recent examples.
Meanwhile, Gary Neville has said the Glazers should do the “honorable thing” and sell.
“This is a consequence of the actions of the Manchester United owners two weeks ago,” said the former United defender. “There is a general distrust and aversion towards the owners, but they weren’t protesting two or three weeks ago.
“The Glazer family are struggling to meet the financial demands of this club and fans are saying their time is up.
“My opinion is just that they’re going to make a fortune if they sell the club and, if they put it up for sale now, I think the time would be right, and it would be the honorable thing to do. .
“There is huge dissatisfaction, not just among Manchester United fans but I think for football fans all over the country and I think they are saying fair enough is enough.
“The Glazer family has been resilient and stubborn for many, many years. I think they are struggling to meet the financial demands that this club need and have been doing so for some time.
“Beyond today, it should be about reform and regulation and making sure they can’t do it again,” he added.
“To protest is the right of every person in this country. However, beyond today, it’s about making sure fans across the country come together to make sure there is reform in English football. This is the most important thing.
“Today it will be a waste of time if there is no reform in English football.”