bbc.com 03 May, 2021 01:00 am

Manchester United protests: Emotions have been simmering for 16 years

Manchester United protests: Emotions have been simmering for 16 years
Protests at Manchester United's Old Trafford ground came just weeks after European Super League plans were thwarted - but emotions have been simmering for 16 years, writes Simon Stone.

It was at an entrance to Old Trafford round the back of the Stretford End, away from the noise and the flares that accompanied the start of the Manchester United fans' protest at Old Trafford, that those who made it onto the pitch entered through.Like supporters of the other five 'big six' clubs, Manchester United's fans are angry about the p .Manchester United were a debt-free organisation when they were on the stock market prior to the Glazers buying the club.The owners are responsible for the phenomenal rise in Manchester United's commercial revenue.

In recent times, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, a patron of the Manchester United Supporters Trust (Must), which has campaigned against the family, has, like Ferguson, been condemned for not criticising the owners.Exchanges like this - and people like that - underline the reason for what happened at Old Trafford.

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