Ole Gunnar Solskjær stressed the importance of fans being heard as thousands of Manchester United supporters prepare to descend on Old Trafford for what the manager hopes is a “peaceful” protest.
Outgoing Executive Vice President Ed Woodward followed co-chairman Joel Glazer in apologizing to supporters for the club’s attempt to join the European Super League at an emergency fan forum on Friday and vowing to United “not to seek any Super League revival. “. .
The breakup plans quickly collapsed, but fan anger won’t go away anytime soon as United fans demand a change at the top of a club controlled by the Glazer family since 2005. Some 10,000 fans are expected to descend on Old Trafford ahead of the Premier League game against rivals and other potential Super League members Liverpool on Sunday as they push to change the club’s ownership structure.
Solskjær said: “It is important that the opinions of the fans are heard and that we communicate better. My job is to focus on football and that we have the best possible team. As I have said before, they have supported me, I have had great support from the club and the owners and I am sure that I will have the support again to go one step further.
“But I am very happy that all the clubs have agreed that this should not be the way forward. On the other hand, when the protests are underway, it is important that they go well and that we keep it in peace. “
Solskjær does not believe that the protest is a distraction in the face of the “massive and massive game” against Liverpool. “The players are focused on the game and nothing else. They have handled difficult situations before. “
Woodward apologized to fans who expressed disgust, shame and anger at the planned getaway. “You will all have read Joel’s open letter to the fans last week apologizing for the Super League decision and I would like to add my personal apology to this forum,” he said.
“I know you will be angry and disappointed by the lack of consultation and the way the proposal did not recognize the vital principle of open competition. A proper discussion would have helped us avoid the mistake we made.
“While there would have been a substantial increase in solidarity payments from leading clubs to the rest of the pyramid across Europe, we fully accept that there were fundamental elements that were misjudged… I can assure you that we have learned our lesson from the events of the week. past and we are not looking for any resurgence of the Superliga plans. “
Woodward’s comments will do little to appease angry fans, with a letter signed by the vast majority of fan forum members read during the meeting demanding a change and rejecting Co-Chair Glazer’s apology. “We are disgusted, embarrassed and angered by the owner’s actions in relation to the planning, training and announcement of the European Super League,” the letter read.
George is Digismak’s reported cum editor with 13 years of experience in Journalism