Jamie Carragher hit back at fellow Liverpool legend Graeme Souness for his comments on Manchester United’s protests over the weekend.
Sunday’s game between United and Liverpool has been postponed due to the intrusion of protesters at Old Trafford. What started out as a peaceful protest was marred by scenes of violence. United supporters were protesting against the club’s owners, the Glazer family.
They never got along well with the US owners and their discontent resurfaced when the club attempted to part ways in a new European Super League last month.
Those plans were ultimately put to rest, but it gave United fans a chance to remind them that they wanted them to leave the club.
A protest took place on Sunday and led to the match being postponed, with Man Utd issuing a statement condemning the disruption.
As events unfolded, former Liverpool midfielder Souness said on Sky Sports that United fans have misdirected their anger.
“I think it was born out of the fact that United aren’t as much of the top dog as they were last week, I think that’s another excuse to try,” he said sunday. “They are serious and serious business people, I don’t think it will impact their thoughts. I really do not know.
He continued: “If you think you can put serious pressure on the serious businessmen who live 3,000 kilometers away across the Atlantic to get them to accept a discounted offer for Manchester United? , that will not happen.
“They had to put up collateral, you don’t just go to the bank and say I want to buy Manchester United, I’m going to need £ 500million or whatever the purchase price is, without pledge some kind of guarantee.
“They risked things to buy Manchester United, since then they have given successive managers fortunes to spend.
“It’s only since Fergie’s stopping that the success has stopped and I think that irritates the fans and they have become the center of their anger. I think it’s slightly misguided.
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But speaking on Monday Night Football, the former Reds defender Carragher, who also witnessed the protests, took issue with that opinion.
Carragher said on the Sky program: “This talk about Manchester United fans doing this only because they are not fighting for the honor… The supporters have formed another club – FC United. It lived up to that when he started.
“The green and gold campaign was in 2010, I think, when David Beckham returned to the club. The year before, they were in the Champions League final. The following year, they were in the Champions League final. So let’s not… the lazy experts. That’s what I call it.
“If you’re talking about something and talking about something with passion – and you can have your opinion – back it up with the facts.
“It has nothing to do with Manchester United’s position in the league. Yes, there has been a decline, obviously, but this campaign has been going on for a very, very long time, since when Manchester United were very, very successful.
“So let’s not accuse Manchester United fans of just throwing the toys out of the pram because they’re not competing with [Manchester] City or Champions League, whatever it is. This is absolute nonsense.
Carragher was in favor of the protests
Despite being associated with one of United’s main rivals, Carragher understood why his fans were protesting.
He said during sunday cover: “We can only talk about what we have seen. Do we want the fans to storm the stadiums on the left and center and the games to be called off? No, we don’t.
“I’m not going to sit here and criticize Man Utd fans for being Liverpool. Two weeks ago the fans got together.
“There will always be idiots who get involved. I think it’s a good thing to protest – not to be happy with what happened at the club.
“There will always be someone who goes too far – not just in a protest. It’s a night out with friends. There is always someone doing something stupid.
“We lost a football game but I almost accept that. I am sure that [trouble] will dominate the news. It happens to fans all the time. A clip goes everywhere and there are plenty of other people doing great things.
“I don’t want to see other fans scoring points against Manchester United fans. The majority of Man Utd’s supporters were peaceful. “
The game has not yet been rescheduled, time is running out to integrate it into the schedule.
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