Manchester United Supporters Trust (MUST) believes the Glazer family are holding the club ‘hostage’ as progress on the takeover continues to stall.
In November, the Glazers announced a strategic review of United’s ownership, with Sheikh Jassim bin Hamad Al Thani and Sir Jim Ratcliffe, the two leading names to buy the club. However, an official communication expressing the latest situation was not followed.
Co-owner Avram Glazer asked reporters for an update on the United-Arsenal preseason game in New Jersey, but he refused to respond. Instead, he insisted that he only attended to watch the match.
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This sparked outrage among the fan base when Reds group MUST shared their feelings about the current situation in their early season notes to fans. They wrote: “Once again we find ourselves in August and another season is upon us.
“I hope most of the Reds are feeling optimistic with some interesting transfer work (renewal, not on deadline, we made major signings in July and a striker under 30!) and the opportunity to improve Erik’s progress in his first season. This is of course with the Glazers failing to sell the club. softened.
“They announced their strategic review in November and now nine months later we can’t move forward any further. The club feels like it’s being held hostage by the Glazer family and no doubt the fans will have their voices heard as soon as the season starts.”
The 1958 fan group announced two protests for the start of the season. On Monday night, fans are asked to meet at the Trinity statue outside Old Trafford at 6:30 PM to express their feelings.
This will also be used to support their second protest after the Nottingham Forest game on Saturday 26 August. Fans are encouraged to stay at Old Trafford after the final whistle of the 60-minute sit-in against the Glazer regime.
MUST also supported the action, saying: “As we approach the start of the new season, there is great disappointment with the lack of progress in the sale of the club. It is clear that we need new investments for major projects. The stadium itself, which requires a huge investment to bring it up to the standards of our competitors like Real Madrid. Obviously Manchester. United should not settle for second best in any division.
“Protest plans for both the Wolves and Forest home games from The 1958 group have circulated on social media. We have a long established principle of supporting the right of fans to participate in peaceful and legal protests, and so we are announcing these to members who may not have seen them.”
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