Manchester United fans leave Old Trafford Square to protest the club’s ownership
Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says fans’ protests need to remain “civilized” following the postponement of Sunday’s meeting with Liverpool.
Thousands of supporters demonstrated against the Glazer family property at Old Trafford and at the team hotel before the Premier League game.
According to the police, six officers were injured during the protests, and around 200 fans broke into the stadium.
“It was a difficult day for us,” said Solskjaer on Wednesday.
“Of course we wanted to play. We wanted to beat Liverpool for the fans because our job has to be to get good performance and good results on the pitch.”
The Norwegian, 48, added: “That’s the focus of the players, that’s my focus, but like I said before the game, we have to listen.
“We have to hear the voices of the fans. It’s everyone’s right to protest. It has to be civilized, however. It has to be peaceful. Unfortunately, when you break in, when cops are injured, it is scarred for life. This is a Step too far.
“When it gets out of hand this way, it’s a police matter. It’s no longer about showing your opinion.”
On Tuesday a 28-year-old man was charged with fireworks on a street and threatening behavior during the protests at Salford’s Lowry Hotel, where the Manchester United team was staying.
Sunday’s game against rivals Liverpool, due to start at 4:30 p.m. CET, was the first Premier League game to be postponed due to fan protests.
It follows United’s decision last month – along with five other English clubs – to join the European Super League (ESL) before everyone pulls out.
However, United fans have been protesting the property of the US-based Glazer family since their acquisition in 2005.
It was the third demonstration against the club’s owners in recent days after fans gathered at Old Trafford last weekend and others entered the club Training ground on April 22nd.
Solskjaer spoke before the second leg of the Europa League in the semifinals against Roma of Serie A. His team have full control of the first final of his tenure after a 6-2 win in the first leg.
“My focus has to be on the results, but you don’t have to be a rocket scientist to see that we have challenges and frictions and things that need to be addressed in communication,” said the Norwegian
“I think the players did a great job to be where they are. I would be sad if all the good work that the players did was interfered with. So we focus on playing well and now to reach a final. ”