Manchester United supporters did not go about their business in the right way by protesting against the Glazer family inside Old Trafford on Sunday afternoon, according to former Tottenham and England midfielder Jermaine Jenas. Thousands of angry Red Devils fans congregated outside the stadium ahead of United’s scheduled match against Liverpool, with large numbers eventually storming onto the pitch and into the stands.
The pre-planned demonstration caused significant delays throughout the day, with the game eventually postponed as a result of the safety concerns posed.
The new date for the rearranged fixture is yet to be officially announced.
A Liverpool victory would have seen Manchester City confirmed as this season’s Premier League champions with four games to spare.
A large number of United fans have been opposed to the Glazers’ ownership for some time, with increased levels of debt and a decline in performance since Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement failing to gain them many admirers.
However, last month’s European Super League fiasco has seemingly damaged their reputation beyond the point of no return.
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Despite the frustrations of supporters, Jenas has slammed those present at Sunday’s protest, suggesting that their unorthodox strategy of breaching Old Trafford showed no regard for the matchday personnel working at the stadium.
“What I’m seeing, I think has gone beyond a peaceful protest,” Jenas told BBC Radio 5 Live.
“If you want to stand outside the stadium then by all means do that, but there’s a section of Manchester United fans that have let themselves down.
“They have their issues with the club and want the owners out, I’m not sure that this is the way to do it.
“From a security element, you can ask certain questions, but I think the people that are there are doing their job to the best of their ability and this goes beyond their pay grade.”
The Premier League issued a strong statement confirming the postponement of Sunday’s match, insisting that the safety of all involved was a paramount factor in their decision, and condemning any possible criminal acts that may have occurred during the protests.
“Following the security breach at Old Trafford, the Manchester United vs. Liverpool game has been postponed,” the statement read.
“This is a collective decision from the police, both clubs, the Premier League and local authorities.
“The security and safety of everyone at Old Trafford remains of paramount importance. We understand and respect the strength of feeling but condemn all acts of violence, criminal damage and trespass, especially given the associated COVID-19 breaches.
“Fans have many channels by which to make their views known, but the actions of a minority seen today have no justification.
“We sympathise with the police and stewards who had to deal with a dangerous situation that should have no place in football.
“The rearrangement of the fixture will be communicated in due course.”