Protests cost United £200m deal
Manchester United have missed out on £200 million across 10 years, owing to fan protests against the club’s Glazer ownership.
Supporters broke into Old Trafford last weekend, and swarmed the stadium’s exterior to have their voices heard.
Thousands were in attendance, and now, the protest has moved to digital channels as a stance against the club’s commercial partners is taking effect.
— Man United News (@ManUtdMEN) May 5, 2021
Despite the movement’s infancy, it is clearly already having an impact on future deals for the club.
As organizations express concern over associating themselves with United, and others boycott their products, a training kit sponsor has pulled out of a potential deal, according to The Observer.
The Hut Group informed the Red Devils on Friday that they will not be following through with their agreement.
The #NotAPennyMore campaign’s immediate success could yet see other clubs take similar stances.
Arsenal and Chelsea have seen significant protests in the wake of the Super League fiasco.
Solskjaer wants Glazer, fan peace
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has risked further backlash, as he calls for unity at Old Trafford. The Sunday Times describe the attempts by the Norwegian as a warning to fans that, should peace not be found, it could ‘compromise’ success across the season’s close.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has called on Manchester United’s owners and supporters to heal their rifts, warning that if the club cannot “unite” off the field, it will compromise his ability to deliver success on the pitch.
Solskjaer again pointed to the protests as a challenge for him and his players, seemingly an attempt on the part of the tactician to cool the tensions which caused the suspension of last weekend’s meeting with Liverpool.
“You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to see the challenges ahead and the friction ahead, and it makes it more difficult for me and more difficult for the players,” he said.
“We have to focus on getting results and we’ve come a long way, I feel. We’ve got to a final now and we just want to focus on doing what we do but doing it better. And hopefully the fans will see that we are working in the right way.
“I want us all to come together and unite and get up the table and that is my responsibility. I will do what I can to get us one step further in Europe and one step further in the league.”
United now face three games in quick succession, having already played out a Europa League semi-final win over Roma during the week.
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This article was edited by Conor Laird.
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