Manchester United: Police arrest 10 Utd fans in morning raids over violent protests at Old Trafford in May
Playing a major role in the doomed European Super League was just the latest in a long series of actions that has upset United’s fan base, leaving thousands disillusioned with their football club.
The Glazer family, along with Liverpool owner John W. Henry, were said to be the driving force behind the plan that also brought in Arsenal, Tottenham and, belatedly, Manchester City and Chelsea. The latter pair were understood to be reluctant to put their names on the plan, and they quickly withdrew once the reaction was felt.
One photograph, taken in October 2017, showed United co-owners Avi Glazer and Joel Glazer dining around a table in a posh New York restaurant, along with fellow Big Six owners.
(Left to right) Manchester United Executive Vice President Ed Woodward, Arsenal Chief Executive Officer Ivan Gazidis, Man United co-owners Avi Glazer and Joel Glazer, and Liverpool Chief Owner John W Henry met for dinner in New York in October 2017. Did the Super League take a giant step towards its creation?
At the time, Sportsmail reported that television rights may well have been on their meeting’s agenda because all three parties had been campaigning for a bigger slice of the pie. But now experts believe that the project that has caused a ‘nuclear war’ in world football may have been on the menu.
Instead of dividing the revenue evenly between 20 Premier League teams, Liverpool, Arsenal and Manchester United wanted a model similar to Spain, where Atlético de Madrid, Barcelona and Real Madrid, coincidentally also the founding members of the Superliga get more money. All six are part of the ‘dirty dozen’ of clubs now enrolled.
The extraordinary meeting resurfaced as the UEFA chief criticized the billionaires ‘snakes’ and ‘liars’ behind the European Super League, as it was revealed that Boris Johnson will face the FA, the Premier League, the PFA and the fans today. and promised to give the £ 4.3 billion dissident competition ‘the red card’ even though the rogue clubs are registered until 2046.
A section of United’s fanbase opposed Glazer’s initial takeover of the club in 2005, particularly once they realized the level of debt the club would have to take on after being debt-free for so many. years.
The much maligned Glazer family has failed to get fans on board since they bought the club, as fans continue to demand changes.
The way the Americans have been running the club has sparked constant fury over the use of United as a source of income.
In their anger, fans launched a separatist soccer club FC United of Manchester in 2005, which entered the North West Counties Football League and played in the National League North sixth division from 2015 to 2019.
Since 2005, the Manchester United Supporters’ Trust has been working on a way to remove control of wrestling from the Glazer family and return ownership of the club to supporters. In 2010, the fan organization met with a group of wealthy United fans, dubbed the ‘Red Knights’, to discuss a £ 1 billion takeover offer. However, the offer fell through when the Red Knights refused to comply with the Glazers’ assessment of the club.
On June 29, 2005, on their first visit to Old Trafford after the acquisition was completed, Joel, Bryan and Avram Glazer were met with protests from some 300 Manchester United fans who opposed the club’s new ownership.
Around 100 members of the Greater Manchester police were called to the stadium in an attempt to quell any violence, but there were reports of missile launches at police vans and loud and passionate chants against the Americans; two people were arrested.
Shareholders United Vice President Sean Bones stated that “the Glazer family are the enemies of Manchester United.” Club director and former player Bobby Charlton issued a public apology to the Glazers for the reception they received.
The debt assumed by the Glazers to finance the acquisition was divided between the club and the family; Between £ 265 million and £ 275 million were secured against Manchester United assets, putting the club into debt for the first time since James Gibson saved them in 1931.
In all, the Glazers have taken approximately £ 200 million from the club in dividends since loading £ 540 million of loans into what had been a debt-free club when they launched their acquisition in 2005.
At Old Trafford, the Glazers remain quiet owners and are rarely seen at the club on game days. Much of the day-to-day running of the club was left to former boss Ed Woodward, who recently announced that he would resign from his post at the end of the year, in light of the Super League’s misfortune.
Woodward was a key figure in the fiercely controversial plans for the new breakaway league, with his ties to US investment bank JP Morgan helping secure £ 4.3bn funding.
After publicly confirming his decision, Woodward said: ‘I am extremely proud to have served United and it has been an honor to work for the largest soccer club in the world for the past 16 years.
“The club is well positioned for the future and it will be difficult to leave at the end of the year.”
Woodward will leave United after eight years in charge and 16 years after he first became involved as part of the £ 790 million takeover of Old Trafford by the Glazers in 2005.
He is credited with overseeing a 500% growth in business revenue from £ 47m in 2005 to £ 279m in 2020, but has also been criticized for opening up the United brand to ‘noodle sponsorships’ all over the world.
Woodward has been held accountable by supporters that United won just three trophies during his time in charge, and his Cheshire home was attacked by an angry crowd in January 2020.
United initially joined the European Super League has led to a wave of fans calling for a change and sparked massive outcry.