A group of Manchester United supporters broke into Carrington’s training base in protest at the failed plans for a European Super League before leaving after a talk with manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
A group of about 20 fans entered United’s training ground on Thursday morning with banners saying “Glazers out” and “We’ll decide when to play.”
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‘About 9 in the morning [BST on Thursday morning] a group was given access to the club’s training ground, “a statement from United confirmed.” The manager and others spoke to them. The buildings were safe and the group has now left the site. “
Clearly, they also blocked both entrances as players and staff arrived for training ahead of Sunday’s Premier League game with Leeds United.
United does not deny any version of the events published on United fanzine Red Issue’s Twitter account. The exchange with Solskjaer, Michael Carrick, Darren Fletcher and Nemanja Matic reportedly included a question to Solskjaer about why he hadn’t spoken out against the Glazers, despite critical comments about the 2005 takeover.
The Norwegian reportedly replied that “Joel Glazer loves the club,” but sources have told ESPN the meeting was calm.
United announced their intention to withdraw from the ESL on Tuesday evening after widespread criticism of the controversial plans revealed 48 hours earlier.
Chairman Joel Glazer apologized to fans on Wednesday, but the plan – seen as a coup by 12 of the world’s most powerful clubs – has revived calls for a change of ownership at Old Trafford.
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Earlier this week, Ed Woodward took over as executive vice chairman of United after eight years in the position.
JP Morgan’s former investment banker, who succeeded David Gill as the man in charge of United’s day-to-day operations in 2012, planned to step down at the end of the season, sources told ESPN.