Manchester United fans’ wrath against their owners, the Glazer family, runs the risk of spilling over once again into the Old Trafford stadium where the Red Devils will take on their arch-rivals Liverpool during their first Premier League encounter of the season on August 22. The club’s run of poor performances, which saw them finish sixth in the league last season and manifested itself further in United’s first 2022-23 Premier League match that they lost against Brighton, is testing the fans’ patience, a fact that is apparent with the recent trends on social media like #EmptyOldTrafford #GlazersOut and #GlazersSellUnited.
Right before the aforementioned Brighton match, United fans staged a march against the owners, shouting slogans like “Fight greed, fight for United, fight Glazer”. Check out a video of the march right here:
The recent walkout threats by fans remind us of another match against Liverpool, in May 2021, that was abandoned after hundreds of United fans stormed the pitch with lit green and yellow flares- their former club colours. The protests spilt outside where fans clashed with the police, and a couple of officers ended up sustaining serious injuries in the ensuing violence.
Since the beginning of the Glazers’ takeover of Manchester United, there has been a section of the clubs’ fans who were of the opinion that the new owners would commodify their beloved institution. This even resulted in a new club being founded in 2005, FC United of Manchester, by a collective of disaffected fans.
Manchester United are still looking to reach the level they were at with Sir Alex Ferguson at the helm. They have till date brought in David Moyes, Louis van Gaal, Jose Mourinho, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, and Erik ten Hag in a bid to achieve the same. Ten Hag, the former Ajax manager started his run at the club in a poor manner, and it cannot be overstated that the team’s performance under him will play a huge part in influencing the fans’ sentiments towards the club’s owners in the days to come.