Liverpool legend questions ‘misdirected’ Man Utd protests at Old Trafford

Protesters caused the Manchester United vs Liverpool game to be postponed (Picture: Getty Images)

Graeme Souness believes the protests that ultimately saw Manchester United’s game with Liverpool postponed were ‘misdirected’ and will have no impact on the owners of the Old Trafford club.

Hundreds of Manchester United fans protested outside Old Trafford, with a smaller but significant number of supporters making it inside the stadium where they protested on the pitch and reportedly reached the dressing rooms.

The demonstrations were against the Glazer family, the Manchester United owners who have long been unpopular with fans and have caused even more unrest in recent weeks with their involvement in the failed European Super League plans.

Fans now want them out of the club, as many have done for some time, but Souness believes supporters are largely disgruntled because the club are not winning trophies nearly as regularly as they used to.

The former Liverpool captain and manager feels the owners have done enough to provide a basis for success at Old Trafford and perhaps fans are pointing their anger in the wrong direction as he does not expect the Americans to take much notice anyway and will certainly not be moved to sell the club.

‘I don’t think it will (have an impact),’ Souness told Sky Sports. ‘The Glazers, since Fergie [Alex Ferguson] retired, have given successive managers over a billion pound to spend. I think it’s £719million net spend over the eight years..

‘I think it’s born out of United not being top dogs as much as what happened last week, I think that’s another excuse to have a go at them. These are serious, serious business people, I don’t think this will impact on their thoughts. I really don’t.

‘We live in a country where you can demonstrate, you can vent your feelings, you’re allowed to do it, but I still don’t see it impacting on the Glazers one little bit. If you think you can bring serious pressure to serious business people who live 3,000 miles away, across the Atlantic, that it will drive them to accept a discounted offer for Manchester United, that will not happen.

‘They’ve had to put collateral in, you don’t just go to the bank and say I want to buy Manchester United, I’ll need £500million or however much it costs to buy, without committing some sort of collateral.

‘They’ve risked things to buy Manchester United, since then, they’ve given successive managers fortunes to spend. It’s only since Fergie stopped that the success has stopped and I think that irritates supporters and they have become the focus of their anger. I think it’s slightly misdirected.’

The protest did have an impact as the match was postponed to an ,as yet unconfirmed, later date.

A club statement from Manchester United read: ‘Following discussion between the Police, The Premier League, Trafford Council and the clubs, our match against Liverpool has been postponed due to safety and security considerations around the protest today. Discussions will now take place with the Premier League on a revised date for the fixture.

‘Our fans are passionate about Manchester United, and we completely acknowledge the right to free expression and peaceful protest.

‘However, we regret the disruption to the team and actions which put other fans, staff, and the police in danger. We thank the police for their support and will assist them in any subsequent investigations.’

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