Man Utd ramp up security with spiked gate at training ground to deter protestors

Man Utd have added a spiked steel gate as they look to bolster the security at their Carrington training ground after fans broke in and protested back in April

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Manchester United have bolstered the security at their Carrington training ground with the introduction of a spiked steel gate.

The Red Devils have seen fans stage protests both at Old Trafford and their training ground in recent months.

There has long been a divide between supporters and the club’s owners, but rarely had such incidents occurred.

However United’s role in the attempted European Super League breakaway has bought the issue to light once more.

Back in April around 20 fans blocked both entrances to the Carrington facility.

They were armed with banners and made their way to the reception of the training complex and to the first-team training area but did not enter any buildings.

Man Utd have added a steel gate at Carrington

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was among those who addressed fans before they eventually left.

Assistant manager Michael Carrick, technical director Darren Fletcher and midfielder Nemanja Matic also played their parts.

Whether such incidents have heightened United’s need to bolster their security is unknown.

Shortly after that Old Trafford was the subject of a protest that eventually saw fans invade the pitch.

It came just hours before United were due to play Liverpool back in May, with the match eventually being postponed.

Joel Glazer told fans that there were plans in place to improve the club’s facilities.

He said: “Old Trafford is at the heart of Manchester United and while we have spent over £100m over the last 10 years on infrastructure projects.

The club saw fans protest at their training ground earlier this year

“We will now accelerate the process of planning much more significant investment and upgrades to the stadium…rest assured, we will consult with supporters throughout the process to end up with a result we can all be proud of.

“The same goes for our training ground.”

Gary Neville has hit out at the club’s infrastructure and claimed their training ground is no longer among the elite.

“The Glazer family have been resilient and stubborn for many, many years,” he told Sky Sports. “I think that they are struggling to meet the financial demands that this club needs and have done for some time.

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“If you think about the club that they picked up in 2004, it had the best stadium in the country, probably the best in Europe. It had the best training ground in the country, probably the best in Europe.

“It had a team that was getting to Champions League quarter-finals, semi-finals and finals regularly and winning the league every season, every other season.

“You look at the club now, this stadium – I know it looks great here but if you actually go behind the scenes it’s rusty and rotting. If you look at the training ground it’s probably not now one of the top five in this country.”

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