Peter Schmeichel addresses big issue Man Utd fans face in getting rid of Glazers

Manchester United vs Liverpool became the first game of the Premier League era to be postponed due to fan behaviour after sections of the United faithful broke into the stadium and stormed the playing area, as well as breaking camera equipment and entering the players dressing rooms.

Both sets of players were also forced to remain in their hotels after fans blocked the exits, before eventually Manchester United confirmed an hour after the original kick-off time that that tie would be postponed and played at a later date.

Though the bulk of the protesters seemingly had good intentions, there were some reports of unsavoury scenes, with bottles being thrown and one police officer in hospital with a ‘significant slash wound to the face’ after being struck by a broken bottle thought to have been thrown by fans.

Fans clashed with police both inside and outside of the stadium

Manchester United icon Peter Schmeichel gave his thoughts on the protests that were rooted against the club’s owners – the Glazer family – while speaking on Good Morning Britain.

The former ‘keeper said: “Yeah I wasn’t happy. I thought, again, we have been let down by only a few people.

“Manchester United Supporters Trust called for this demonstration, asked for a peaceful demonstration, any aggro would backfire on us, they said on their calling. They also said don’t do anything to impact the team or the football club and yet again a few people ruining it for everyone. It’s very disappointing.

“I think that’s now a police matter, they need to deal with that, I think it’s important we stay on subject, the reasons behind this – why is there a reason to demonstrate. I think the message that was supposed to come out of this, we have to focus on that now. Because it’s very important that we get back to that.”

A section of protesters managed to trespass onto the playing area

The Glazers have long been the subject of intense criticism from the Old Trafford faithful, accused of a lack of care towards club matters while also being at the heart of the recent European Super League controversy.

When asked if the Glazer family were bad for United, Schmeichel responded: “I think it’s so easy to say the Glazers are bad for the club – ‘they’re not doing this and they’re not doing that and they should sell up’.

“The issue here is it will be $4billion. I don’t know who’s got $4billion that will buy Manchester United and make it better. That’s the key here – who’s going to make it better?

“I’m really struggling to see how can you organise the fans to collect $4billion and organise a takeover for the club – that would of course be the ideal solution.”

Though many United fans would rather see the back of the Glazer’s entirely, the club’s best ever shot-stopper had a different mindset, claiming “I would much rather try and work with the Glazer family, with the leadership of the club, to get them in line with what the fans want.

“Because at the end of the day we play football for the fans. It’s as simple as that. But without any fans there wouldn’t be any football, there wouldn’t be any money in football. And that’s what we have to work toward, for them to understand that.”

One police officer was slashed in the face with a bottle during Old Trafford protests
One police officer was slashed in the face with a bottle in the protests

Schmeichel signed off by claiming there needs to be a greater understanding of how fans think, explaining: “I’m hoping that it can change. I’m not naive enough to think that it will change without protests and hard work from the most important people – the fans.

“But also who can influence them, like myself, former players who are on par with how the fans are thinking.

“My big worry is there will be people out there who are willing to pay the price for the football club. My big worry is – will it be different?

He continued: “Just asking somebody else very rich, used to getting their way, coming in and doing it their way.

“We have a massive opportunity here. We saw two weeks ago the reaction. I don’t think that these owners can come up with anything, at least not in the near future, that can be as devastating to football, or show that kind of greed again.”

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