A group of Manchester United supporters entered the Carrington club’s training ground in protest of the failed plans for a European Super League, before leaving after a conversation with manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
A group of about 20 fans entered United’s training ground on Thursday morning with banners that read “Glazers out” and “We decide when you play.”
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“At about 9 in the morning [BST on Thursday] a group gained access to the club’s training ground, “a United statement confirmed.” The manager and others spoke to them. The buildings were safe and the group left the site. “
It is understood that they blocked both entrances while the players and staff arrived for training before Sunday’s Premier League match with Leeds United.
United does not deny a version of events posted on the Twitter account of the United Red Issue fanzine. The exchange with Solskjaer, Michael Carrick, Darren Fletcher and Nemanja Matic reportedly included a question to Solskjaer about why he did not continue to speak out against the Glazers, despite making critical comments about the 2005 takeover.
Solskjaer replied that “[chairman] Joel Glazer loves the club “, but sources told ESPN that the meeting was calm.
United announced its intention to withdraw from ESL on Tuesday night following widespread criticism of controversial plans revealed 48 hours earlier.
Glazer apologized to fans on Wednesday, but the scheme – seen as a coup by 12 of the world’s strongest clubs – has rekindled calls for a change of ownership at Old Trafford.
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Earlier this week, Ed Woodward resigned as United’s executive vice president after eight years in the role.
Former investment banker JP Morgan, who succeeded David Gill as head of United’s day-to-day operations in 2012, had planned to resign at the end of the season, sources told ESPN.