Manchester United fans are planning further protests against the club’s Glazer owners and could use their side’s three remaining home games to demonstrate again.
United fans turned out in their thousands last Sunday in a mass protest against the owners, prompting the Premier League clash with Liverpool to be postponed amid safety concerns.
Most of the protests — which took place outside Old Trafford and by United’s team hotel in the city centre — passed by peacefully, although the day ended with some missiles thrown at police, with some injuries and one confirmed arrest.
United condemned any criminal acts that took place amid the protest, with some fans breaking into the stadium and onto the pitch as well.
The ‘Glazers Out’ movement has gained huge traction on social media since Joel Glazer’s part in trying to set up a European Super League — plans that were quickly ditched following a major backlash.
United fans are now likely to use their next scheduled home match against Leicester on Wednesday 12th May to protest again at Old Trafford, while a week after the team host Fulham (Wednesday 19th May) in the last scheduled home game of the season.
There has been no confirmed date for the rescheduled Liverpool match, but that too could attract fans for a protest unless circumstances at the club change.
Former United star Gary Neville, speaking from Old Trafford on Sunday where he was due to commentate on the game for Sky Sports, said he supported the sentiment behind the protests.
He said: “Today there is anger. I would hope that tomorrow it switches towards mobilisation towards reform, regulation and behind the fan-led review.
“I think it’s a warning to the owners of the football club that ultimately they’re not going to accept what they’ve done in the last couple of weeks, that’s the first thing.
“It’s not going to go away because I don’t think they trust the owners of this club, they don’t like them and they think they should leave.
“Beyond today, it should be about reform and regulation and making sure they can’t do it again. Protesting is the right of every single person in this country, however, beyond today, it’s about making sure fans across the country unite to make sure that there is reform in English football. That’s the most important thing.”