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Manchester United fans have announced plans to protest against the Glazers' ownership ahead of next week's Old Trafford showdown against Liverpool.
This week's Super League fiasco has heightened feelings against the unpopular owners, and supporters have been urged to join a socially distanced demonstration ahead of the Liverpool clash a week on Sunday (May 2).
Co-chairman Joel Glazer has apologised to fans through an open letter after last weekend putting his name to statement announcing controversial plans for a breakaway competition, which fell apart within 48 hours following a furious backlash from across the football world.
Liverpool's principal owner John W Henry has also apologised to fans after United's fierce rivals were also involved in the Super League plan.
And United fans are set to make their feelings clear ahead of the clash between the two fierce rivals, with the anonymous organisers of the protest calling for a Bundesliga-style '50+1' model whereby supporters would own more than half of the club.
The demonstration will take place on the Old Trafford forecourt at 2pm before the 4.30pm kick-off, with fans not yet allowed into the stadium due to ongoing coronavirus restrictions.
In a statement, a spokesperson for the protesters said: "All of the consequences of the debt-ridden Glazer ownership of the club have come home to roost in the last week, with the disgraceful plans to walk away from our roots in English football and walk away from our history and tradition in the European Cup.
"The disgraceful plan was a direct consequence of an ownership structure which is all about money and nothing about supporters.
"United fans demand change. We demand the German model requiring fans own 50% +1 of the club. We demand that the Glazers begin the process to make this happen with immediate effect.
"The last week has shown them the future they dreamed of for Manchester United is not possible and is never going to happen. There will never be a better time to hand majority ownership to the only people who have the long-term interests of the club at heart – the United fans.
"We call on all United fans to come together on the forecourt at 2pm, before the Liverpool game, to collectively make this point in a way the Glazers, and the rest of the world, cannot ignore."
Protest organisers are asking fans to bring flags, banners and messages to support the 50+1 message, and to respect social distancing.
A spokesperson for the Manchester United Supporters' Trust added: “We fully understand the anger against the owners at this time. We welcome the focus on ownership, which is MUST’s fundamental objective and always has been. We urge our fans to remain United and to work together to help deliver change in a legal and peaceful way.
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“Fans able to buy shares with voting rights is key to what we want to see and we are working to try and deliver a solution – whether that’s directly from the club or by legislative changes through the government.
“In the meantime there is no reason the owners shouldn’t be hearing the strength of feeling that fans have about this.”
A spokesman for The Red Army fan group added: “I think it’s fair to say that we speak on behalf of our members and all true United fans – and fans of other clubs too – that a radical shake up in club ownership and how fans are treated and involved in the running of their clubs is long overdue.
“We fully support the idea of a protest but urge anyone who is considering attending to do so legally and peacefully.”
The May 2 clash could have big implications for the top-four race, with United currently seven points clear in second place while seventh-placed Liverpool are two points behind fourth spot.
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