May 15, 2021

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How US media and Glazer family home city reacted to Man Utd protests

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If any of the Glazer family picks up a copy of their local newspaper this morning, Old Trafford will be on the front page.

After Manchester United fans protested in their numbers and forced the postponement of the Premier League clash with Liverpool, images and footage of fans on the pitch at Old Trafford have gone worldwide.

With the club’s ownership by the Glazer family the subject of fans’ anger, sparked recently by their involvement in the European Super League proposals, the protests in Manchester were of interest to a US audience as well as back home.

In Tampa, where the Glazers are based as they also own the NFL side Tampa Bay Buccaneers, a picture of the green and gold flares filling the air outside Old Trafford is high up on the front page of the Tampa Bay Times – although not the main story.

However, the article describing the protest: ‘Man United fans storm pitch, halt match in protest against Glazer family’, is a generic report from the Associated Press, rather than a specific piece detailing why fans were actually protesting against an influential family with direct links to their city.

In fact, the article has just three mentions of the Glazers, simply saying they own the club and fans are unhappy with their ownership – but not why they were specifically protesting.

Maybe the Glazers will pick up a more widespread publication, and they will have seen the club they own on the front of the New York Times, too.

In a far more detailed article by UK-based Rory Smith, pictures of fans inside Old Trafford make the front page of the paper edition while a long-read into why fans were protesting and what happens next is published online.

The article: “In anti-ownership protests, United fans rediscover their own power”, gives a picture of the day’s events and explores how the protest might force action, especially considering the violent and illegal actions of a minority will detract from a largely peaceful message.

In the Washington Post, United are again covered, in an article summarising the protests, as well as looking back on the Super League proposals, and what Ed Woodward and the Glazers have said about their involvement.

Throughout the afternoon on Sunday, US networks were following the events closely, with one broadcaster even using a split screen to show United fans on the pitch alongside their planned coverage of Newcastle vs Arsenal.

Unless the Glazer family are living under a rock in the last 24 hours, it will be impossible for them to ignore what happened at Old Trafford.

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