Manchester United fans ‘plan anti-Glazer protest at Erik ten Hag’s first game at Old Trafford’… with anger mounting against the Red Devils’ owners after they take out £11m in dividends from the club
Manchester United fans are reportedly planning to hold a protest against the club’s owners ahead of a pre-season friendly.
Anger against the Glazer family boiled to the surface again this week as it was revealed that they are to receive an £11million dividend payment from the club.
It comes after United achieved their worst ever points total in the Premier League era as they finished sixth in the table on 58.
Manchester United fans are reportedly planning another protest against the club’s owners
According to the Manchester Evening News, a ‘peaceful’ protest will be staged outside Old Trafford ahead of the friendly against Rayo Vallecano on July 31.
It is Erik ten Hag’s first home game in charge of the club before the Premier League campaign kicks off the following weekend.
United fans protested before home games against Norwich and Chelsea towards the end of last season, having also done so against the backdrop of the European Super League plans 12 months earlier.
Richard Arnold, United’s CEO, was secretly filmed last week as he admitted that the last 12 months have been a ‘f***ing nightmare’ at the club and that they had ‘burned through cash’.
Supporters also vented their anger before games against Norwich and Chelsea last season
Avram (L) and Joel (R) Glazer have taken £11million in dividends out of the club this week
The Red Devils’ latest set of financial accounts revealed that the club’s debt had risen by almost 12 per cent to nearly £500million.
The Glazers, who have been owners since 2005, have regularly taken sums of money out of the club, with many fans furious at their latest £11million pay-out.
A statement from the Manchester United Supporters’ Trust said: ‘Today the Glazers pay themselves the lion’s share of an £11m dividend at the end of one of the worst seasons in living memory.
‘Reward for failure is poor practice in any business, and totally unacceptable given the current state of things at United.
The protest will be held ahead of Erik ten Hag’s first home game against Rayo Vallecano
‘MUST is advocating and pursuing a strategy of engagement with the club and its owners, to get a stronger voice for fans, but this payment is indefensible.
‘We will be making this point, and demanding answers, in our direct meetings as well as through our representatives on the fans’ advisory board and fans’ forum.’
United legend Gary Neville also slammed the club’s owners as he tweeted: ‘The Glazer Family should not be taking £11m in dividends this Friday. It isn’t right with the investment needed in the team, stadium and training ground.
‘The club’s cash position is low compared to previous years. An announcement is needed to halt it for the next three years minimum.’
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