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World reactions to Sunday’s protest from Manchester United fans

Manchester United were scheduled to clash with Liverpool at Old Trafford yesterday, but the game was eventually postponed due to a huge protest by United supporters.

The infamous European Super League’s announcement involving United attracted strong criticism from fans and pundits alike.

Following the backlash, the six Premier League clubs instantly withdrew their participation from the breakaway league, but the damage was already done.

Last week, Chelsea and Arsenal fans took to the streets to express their displeasure with their clubs’ initial decision to join the ESL.

Yesterday, United fans gathered outside the stadium in huge numbers. 

A large group of fans stormed the stadium, launching green and gold flares into the sky. 

These colours are from United’s first shirts when they were formed as Newton Heath in 1878. 

The sole purpose of this movement was to compel United’s owners, the Glazer family, to sell the club.

It was a statement from supporters who believe that greedy and business-oriented individuals have no place in football.

When Harry Maguire, Bruno Fernandes, Nemanja Matic and Scott McTominay saw the fans protesting outside their hotel, they wanted to speak to them.

However, club officials barred them from doing so. This left the four senior members of the squad ‘absolutely furious’, according to James Cooper.

Gary Neville, the former Red Devils captain, has been one of the most outspoken critics of the Glazer family’s control of the club.

He defended the protestors who forced the postponement of a crucial league match at Old Trafford.

He told Sky Sports: “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.

“The second is we don’t quite know what’s happened outside the ground. 

“We know some fans came in and they were reasonably peaceful, but if there have been disturbances outside, then that’s not something I think is acceptable.

“But the reality of it is, a game has been called off today and the fans have spoken.

“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.”

The American newspaper, Washington Post had their say on the protests. 

They wrote: “Manchester United fans have never fully embraced the Florida-based Glazer family, which also owns the Super Bowl champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers and which took control of the storied Premier League club in 2005.

“That antipathy reached an unprecedented boiling point in the wake of an announcement by Manchester United and 11 other clubs of their intention to form an exclusive Super League. 

The famous Tampa Bay Times reported: “The Glazers, who also own the NFL’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers, have declined to engage with fans since buying United in 2005 in a leveraged takeover that loaded debt onto the club.

“Supporters wore green-and-gold scarves and also set off flares in the colours of the club’s 1878 formation. 

“More than 100 fans got inside the stadium and some could be seen from windows waving down to protesters. 

“Corner flags were held aloft and one supporter was seen throwing a tripod from the interview zone.

BILD also had their say on the incident: “Thousands of Man United fans protested in front of the Premier League hit against club boss Joel Glazer because he was vehemently in favour of participating in the tipped Super League.

“The reaction of the fans followed on Sunday afternoon: The supporters gained access to the legendary Old Trafford, where the game was to take place. 

“Many of them set fire to pyros and bengalos, and the images spread across the internet in no time at all.”

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