A £455m debt and the ESL: Man Utd protests explained

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Fans object outdoors Old Trafford against the Glazers, who took over Manchester United in 2005It was at an entrance to Old Trafford round the back of the Stretford End, away from the noise and the flares that accompanied the start of the Manchester United fans protest at Old Trafford, that those who made it onto the pitch entered through.Most were young lads in their 20s, coming down the hill in wave after wave. Emotions have been simmering for 16 years, so a bit of aggressiveness is understandable, the theory went.Exchanges like this – and individuals like that – highlight the reason for what took place at Old Trafford.A large protest was anticipated outside the ground prior to the match with historic rivals Liverpool – but no-one expected fans to force their way into the stadium and on to the pitch and for the match to be postponed.It was the 3rd major fans protest against the club and its owners in current days following a demonstration at Old Trafford last Saturday and fans entering the clubs training ground at Carrington the previous Thursday.Like fans of the other five huge 6 clubs, Manchester Uniteds fans are mad about the European Super League proposals. They dont desire it and will voice their opposition – simply as fans of the other 5 English sides have done.What sets United apart is that their fans are not amazed at the actions of their owners – the US-based Glazer family.Indeed, to those fans, it simply underlines their view that the owners of their football club only care about cash and that they have no love for the world-famous 149-year-old organization they are in charge of.If they did, the argument goes, they would never ever have landed the club with the huge financial obligation associated with their controversial ₤ 790m leveraged takeover in 2005.

Fans object outdoors Old Trafford versus the Glazers, who took over Manchester United in 2005It was at an entryway to Old Trafford round the back of the Stretford End, away from the sound and the flares that accompanied the start of the Manchester United fans protest at Old Trafford, that those who made it onto the pitch entered through.Most were young lads in their 20s, coming down the hill in wave after wave. He was not mad and spoke calmly to fans and media in the same area, wanting to understand the latest about what was occurring on the other side of the ground, or around the group hotel, where he had actually been earlier.Those fans, he felt, were more sinister than the ones at the stadium. Feelings have been simmering for 16 years, so a bit of hostility is easy to understand, the theory went.Exchanges like this – and individuals like that – underline the reason for what happened at Old Trafford.A big demonstration was anticipated outside the ground prior to the match with historical rivals Liverpool – but no-one expected fans to force their method into the arena and on to the pitch and for the match to be postponed.It was the 3rd major fans demonstration versus the club and its owners in current days following a protest at Old Trafford last Saturday and fans getting in the clubs training ground at Carrington the previous Thursday.Like fans of the other 5 huge six clubs, Manchester Uniteds fans are upset about the European Super League proposals. They dont want it and will voice their opposition – just as fans of the other 5 English sides have done.What sets United apart is that their fans are not amazed at the actions of their owners – the US-based Glazer family.Indeed, to those fans, it simply underlines their view that the owners of their football club just care about cash and that they have no affection for the world-famous 149-year-old organization they are in charge of.If they did, the argument goes, they would never ever have landed the club with the huge financial obligation associated with their questionable ₤ 790m leveraged takeover in 2005.