Manchester United Supporters Trust: The ultimate responsibility for the terrible state of our football club must lie with its owners, the Glazer family'."
Before Liverpool visit Old Trafford on Monday, the 1958,, a Manchester united fan group will hold a new protest against the Glazers. The Manchester United Supporters Trust has compared the American family’s ownership to “fish that rots from the head”
There will likely be a march to the stadium that aims to arrive opposite the club megastore for 7.30pm, 30 minutes before kickoff, after events organized by The 1958 before the first game of the new season against Brighton and the April game with Norwich last season.
The 1958 flag will be planted near the Trinity statue in Liverpool for individuals who want to protest starting at 7.30 p.m., according to a statement on the group’s website. In support of both match-going and non-match-going fans who have traveled to express their ire at this failed ownership.
“We urge anyone to please contact us for any future ideas or plans concerning match day actions so we can help to validate the feasibility and provide help, support and advice. We are all on the same side and it’s crucial the momentum and pressure is maintained above all else. This is a war not a battle, dig yourselves in and be prepared for the long haul.”
Numerous people gathered beside the Trinity statue for the protest before the match versus Brighton, flares were set off, and the megastore was briefly forced to close. United suffered a humiliating 4-0 defeat at Brentford on Saturday after losing that game 2-1.
Since Malcom Glazer acquired United in 2005 through a leveraged transaction that added a substantial debt to the club, a sizable segment of the fanbase has been dissatisfied with the Glazers’ ownership. After 17 years, that amount is at around £500 million.
In the meantime, the loss to Brentford prompted the Manchester United Supporters Trust to issue a statement that was particularly forceful given that it is presently in discussions with the team regarding a fan-share policy that is anticipated to pass following last week’s referendum with Must members.
It said: “As we’ve always said, a fish rots from the head. And the ultimate responsibility for the terrible state of our football club must lie with its owners, the Glazer family. It is now for them and their management team to explain to United fans just why we are in this state, and what they are going to do about it. We’ve had some difficult times in the last decade, but this really does feel like rock bottom.
“We’re being asked a lot about protests at upcoming games (including Liverpool) and as we have always said we will publicise any credible, lawful and peaceful protest so that our members have the information and can make their own decision as to whether they wish to take part.
“We will announce the ballot result in the coming days and expand the consultation to ensure no fan is excluded from giving their view.”