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Videos Emerge of Manchester United Fans' Protest After They Invade Old Trafford

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistMay 2, 2021

A general view of the Old Trafford stadium before the Europa League semi final, first leg soccer match between Manchester United and Roma in Manchester, England, Thursday, April 29, 2021. (AP Photo/Jon Super)
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Manchester United fans stormed the pitch at Old Trafford to protest against the Glazer family's ownership of the club ahead of Sunday's match against Liverpool.

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BREAKING: Angry Manchester United fans are staging a protest against the club's owners after getting inside their Old Trafford stadium. Read more: https://t.co/UlMC47LNkj https://t.co/dDtHI04cGa

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Fans protesting on the pitch at Old Trafford. https://t.co/ocfy5uGy4A

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One of the protesters outside Manchester United stadium Old Trafford says the protest "isn't just about the European Super League", adding that the Glazer family, which has controlled the club since 2005, "need to go". Read more here: https://t.co/yjfNpetpic https://t.co/bOLj2sRpqE

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Manchester United fans storm Old Trafford ahead of the match against Liverpool in protest of the club’s ownership 📸 https://t.co/kfTJJ3MgD6

The supporters are voicing their distaste for the Glazer family, who have controlled the Premier League club since 2005.

Although fans were removed from the field, according to BBC Sport, The Athletic's Laurie Whitwell noted Sunday's match was postponed.

Manchester United fans were among the many to push back against the Super League, a breakaway competition made up of some the biggest clubs in Europe. United withdrew from the proposed league just two days after the announcement of its establishment.

Manchester United co-chairman Joel Glazer had been named a vice chairman of the proposed Super League but apologized to the fans after the decision to withdraw.

"In seeking to create a more stable foundation for the game, we failed to show enough respect for its deep-rooted traditions—promotion, relegation, the pyramid—and for that we are sorry," Glazer said, per Alan McGuinness of Sky News. "This is the world's greatest football club and we apologise unreservedly for the unrest caused during these past few days."

The Super League announcement was met with widespread backlash across Europe, especially in England. Chelsea supporters notably protested immediately before the club's decision to withdraw.

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Arsenal fans also recently protested against owner Stan Kroenke. Both Arsenal and Manchester United are owned by Americans.

United has disappointed on the field in recent years. Even though the squad sits second in the Premier League table, this will likely be the eighth straight season without winning the title, with four finishes outside the top four coming in this stretch.

The club won the league in five of the previous seven years from 2006 to 2013, never finishing worse than second.

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