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Thousands of Man Utd fans stage sit in protest after match demanding the Glazers to get out

Thousands of Man Utd fans stage a sit in protest after the match against Nottingham Forest demanding the Glazers to get out of the club.

The demonstration was organised by the supporters’ group The 1958, following the final whistle and while much of the singing section above the tunnel at the Stretford End stayed in place, many of fans from other sections of the ground chose to stay where they were to protest.

20 minutes into the sit-in, supporters in other sections of Old Trafford moved to the Stretford End to show a united front against the ownership.

Chants against the Glazers, who have owned Man Utd since 2005, could be heard around Old Trafford with the ownership fiercely criticised for taking out around £1.6 billion from the club.

The Glazers also face criticism for dragging out the proposed sale of the club having announced back in November 2022 that they were “exploring strategic alternatives” for United and opened up bids in February.

INEOS, led by CEO Sir Jim Ratcliffe, and Qatari businessman Sheikh Jassim Bin Hamad Al Thani have both made offers in the region of £5 billion and even though the final deadline for bids was in June, we are yet to get any update from the Glazers or the Raine Group, who are organising the sale.

In addition, some people close to Sheikh Jassim’s bid are feeling as though the Glazers no longer want to sell the Premier League giants. There have been a number of obstacles, though, with the Glazers believed to be unwilling to move on their £6bn valuation of the club.

Meanwhile, United boss Erik ten Hag says: “They are entitled to have an opinion but you see also the fans and the team have a very strong bond and in my time here it got stronger and stronger,” he said.

“And today we make it stronger because a magnificent comeback will help. We got big support from them away from home and at Old Trafford.”

The 1958 posted a message via Twitter urging supporters to back the protest, while including a photo of the flyers inside the club shop.

The tweet read: “Even club staff are handing out protest flyers! They’ve had enough. We’ve all had enough. Forest, sit in protest, for 60 minutes. Nobody recognises our club any more. From the inept and weak leadership to the morally corrupt ownership. Heads need to roll! The 1958.”

The game itself saw Taiwo Awoniyi and Willy Boly put Nottingham Forest on course for victory at Old Trafford, however Manchester United came back to win 3-2 thanks to goals from Christian Eriksen, Casemiro and Bruno Fernandes turned it around as Joe Worrall was sent off for Forest.

Player ratings

Manchester United: Onana (6), Wan-Bissaka (7), Varane (4), Martinez (5), Dalot (5), Casemiro (7), Eriksen (7), Fernandes (7), Antony (7), Martial (6), Rashford (7).

Subs: Lindelof (6), Sancho (7), McTominay (n/a).

Nottingham Forest: Turner (6), McKenna (6), Worrall (5), Boly (7), Aurier (6), Danilo (6), Yates (6), Aina (6), Johnson (7), Awoniyi (7), Gibbs-White (7).

Subs: Niakhate (6), Kouyate (6), Wood (n/a), Elanga (n/a).

Player of the match: Taiwo Awoniyi.

Manchester United midfielder Christian Eriksen, speaking to Sky Sports: “We showed character to turn the game around and get three points.

“We still had the confidence and playing at home, we know we’ll get the chances. It’s just about taking them.

“Second half we controlled the game. We had the positivity and the quality to come back.

“It’s a big surprise to go 2-0 down. The second one was a lucky goal and you felt it was going to be a tough one.”

On his goal: “Very pleased. We have a lot of players who can play so it’s up to the manager to pick the team. I was happy to play today and get the goal to help the team.”

On off-field distractions: “It’s always the same, our focus is on the football and on the pitch. After you lose, you are a little bit more angry and you have to take that onto the pitch. We did that today. We can’t think about what is happening off the pitch.”

Nottingham Forest boss Steve Cooper, speaking to Sky Sports: “For a team to score or concede two goals so quickly doesn’t happen very often, certainly not for the away team here.

“For the positions we did get into, we weren’t able to make the most of our chances. That’ll be another frustration and will wind me and the players up a little while, for sure.

“We had some really good phases in the game and some really good tactical moves. We couldn’t quite get the final bit and are disappointed we lost.

“You need luck when you come here and lots of other things. We showed the other things.

“Goals always make a difference in games, but I feel like we should have scored one or two more.”

Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag, speaking to Sky Sports: “Of course, I’m happy and pleased with the performance after a horror start. We were very undisciplined.

“We have a lot of personality in this team, to stay calm after such a messy start is brilliant. Not many teams can do it but we often bounce back and we did it again.

“We have some very good leaders in the team and they stayed calm. That is what we expect from them and we encourage them to do that and stick to the plan.

“We played good football in the first half, created chances and got the goal back. It’s a massive win.

“Even when you don’t get that goal, you have to win and find a way to win. We work a lot on this. The team see this and embrace it.

“If we show this belief and this character we can go far. There is still room for improvement, we allowed them two goals that shouldn’t happen.

On Raphael Varane injury: “He had some complaints, I have to see where he is. I have to have an update with my medical staff.”

On fan protests: “The fans are entitled to have their opinions but you see that they stick with the team. Togetherness helped us turn this around. There is a very good connection between the fans and team. The fans were brilliant.”

Twitter users reacted on thousands of Man Utd fans taking to stage a sit in protest after Saturday’s match demanding the Glazers to get out…

@Utd_Ray: Love this

@Yehmatealek: Hopefully puts the nail in the coffin for Glazers to finally leave!!!

@UnitedMadCP: Thousands stayed behind after the game. The Glazers have brought this on themselves now its time for them go!!!! #GlazersOut #GlazersBURNinHELL #GlazersOutNOW #GlazersFullSaleOnly #GlazersAreVermin

@pulp1: Well done to the @The__1958 for organizing. Keep the fight going!

@bestcanton7: Respect for the sit in protest ❤️Oh, Onana, appreciate your support but please leave the sit in to the fans

@Hoonigan403: Full sale only…….. Get out of my club!!!! #GlazersFullSaleOnly #GlazersOut #GlazersOutNOW

@The_Danny_Llama: Absolute class this, about 30 minutes into the sit in. Massive credit to @The__1958 and @TraMufc for organising it. More of the same until they’re gone! #GlazersOut

@TheGreenDevil20: These will get bigger and bigger and longer and longer #GlazersOut

@D_Peters458: Brilliant by all those that stayed behind. Has to be every game now, be loud. Make it clear we stop the games if they decide to stay! #GlazersOut

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