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Manchester United Fans Target Two More Games This Season For Glazer Protests

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Manchester United Fans Target Two More Games This Season For Glazer Protests

Manchester United fans who protested at Old Trafford on Sunday causing the Premier League clash with Liverpool to be postponed are planning to demonstrate at two more games this season.

Discontent with the club's owners, the Glazer family, caused thousands to gather outside Old Trafford before kick-off. Several hundred supporters broke into the ground and protested on the pitch and the match was eventually called off due to safety concerns.

A new date for the fixture is yet to be determined, with the postponement creating a scheduling headache for the Premier League - and it may not be the only one they encounter.

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The fans who broke into Old Trafford are planning a repeat of Sunday's scenes when Leicester travel to Manchester on 12 May, according to a report in the Times. There are also plans to target the rearranged Liverpool fixture when it has a new date.

The intention of some (though not all) protesters on Sunday was to delay or postpone the game - which they achieved - to really grab the attention of the club's owners and the watching world.

Now these two future fixtures have also been pinpointed for demonstrations, although people from the Manchester United Supporters Trust (MUST) have offered the club's owners a way to avoid a repeat of Sunday's scenes.

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MUST have published an open letter to co-chairman Joel Glazer, explaining they don't want protests to become a "regular event", issuing a four-point plan and demanding a response by Friday.

MUST's letter read: "Let's be very clear that no one wants what happened at Old Trafford yesterday to be a regular event.

"What happened was the culmination of 16 years in which your family's ownership of the club has driven us into debt and decline, and we have felt ever more sidelined and ignored.

"After 16 years not one member of the Glazer family has ever had so much as a conversation with us, the club's Supporters' Trust.

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"Yesterday, that frustration reached boiling point. We support the right of fans to protest lawfully and, although we did not personally witness any such acts, of course we do not condone any acts of violence.

"None of us want this to continue. We all have better things to do. So we need to find a way forward."

The four-point plan calls for the club's owners to engage in the the government-initiated, fan-led review of football; to appoint independent directors to the board; to end of the two-tier share scheme; and to consult with season ticket holders over any future plans to join another competition such as the European Super League.

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It remains to be seen whether the club's owners will reach out to MUST or whether further protests will go ahead, apparently in the home games against Leicester and Liverpool

All imagery: PA Images

Topics: Manchester United, Premier League, Old Trafford

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