Manchester United hero Gary Neville snapped fist-bumping fans during Glazers protests

Man Utd: Fans protest against Glazers outside Old Trafford

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Manchester United legend Gary Neville was at Old Trafford when fans stormed the stadium on Sunday. And, now, a picture has been published on social media appearing to show him fist-bumping supporters on the day. Neville condemned the violence at the Theatre of Dreams but backed fans, insisting it’s time for the Glazers to leave the club.

Manchester United were due to lock horns with Liverpool in their Premier League match on Sunday.

However, fans ensured the match was postponed after storming Old Trafford and protesting outside the nearby Lowry Hotel.

Supporters initially started their movement outside but gained entry to the stadium itself, revelling on the turf where they let off flares and made their voices heard.

Neville was in the Sky Sports studio at the time.

And, now, a picture showing the United legend fist-bumping fans at the protest inside the ground has emerged on social media.

Posted by the Twitter account @mufcMPB, he keeps his face mask on as fans flock past him.

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It must be stressed that Neville didn’t necessarily back the supporters or acknowledge their actions were entirely right.

Yet the 46-year-old has made clear that it’s time for the Glazers to sell up, saying on the day: “This is a consequence of the Manchester United owners’ actions two weeks ago.

“There is a general distrust and dislike of the owners, but they weren’t protesting two or three weeks ago.

“There’s huge discontent. They’re basically saying enough is enough.

“The Glazer family have been resilient and stubborn for many years. I think they’re struggling to meet the financial demands this club needs and have done for some time.

“If you think about the club they picked up in 2004, they had the best stadium in the country, probably one of the best in Europe; the best training ground in this country, probably the best training ground in Europe; the team was getting to Champions League semi-finals, quarter-finals and finals regularly and winning the league every season or every other season.

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“You look at the club now. This stadium, if you go behind the scenes, is rusty and rotting.

“The training ground is probably now not even in the top five in this country. They haven’t got to a Champions League semi-final for 10 years and haven’t won the league for eight years.

“The land around the ground is undeveloped, dormant and derelict when every other club seems to be developing their facilities and their fan experiences.

“The Glazer family are struggling to meet the financial requirements and the fans are saying the time is up.

“They’re going to make a fortune if they sell this football club. If they were to put it up for sale now I think the time would be right and it’d be the honourable thing to do.”

Neville then added: “Maybe I’m being naive, but Manchester United and Liverpool should be acting like the grandfathers of English football, demonstrating compassion, spreading their wealth through the family and being fair.

“But they’ve demonstrated self-greed and tried to walk away with all the money themselves, letting the family struggle below. That’s not what you do at these clubs. An apology is not good enough.”

Going against the narrative, however, Peter Schmeichel has backed the Glazers and insists they must find a way to work with United fans.

“The club will be (worth), I don’t know, three, four, five billion dollars? Who’s got that kind of money to buy the football club?” he told CBS Sports.

“If you look at potential buyers, are they going to make it much better? Is it going to be different? There are examples, but they never bought in at that price tag.

“I would much rather that we work with the Glazers, because I think there is a willingness within the family. Work with the Glazers to make this football club what this football club is supposed to be.

“I think everyone feels that the Glazer family is a little bit too detached from the club. They are there now and again, but they are not there every week. You never see Joel Glazer come out in front of the cameras and talk about the club, and I think that frustrates the fans a lot.

“We have this ownership, but from the outside, it looks like the owners don’t care, that it is just about money. I don’t think that’s completely the case.I think they are very proud of their ownership of Manchester United. I just think there is a need now for a restructuring of how it’s being operated.

“I don’t think the die-hard fans were the ones inside the stadium. I think they are idiots, troublemakers. None of them will remember the good times. Some of them weren’t even born when the Glazers took over the club.

“The die-hard fans, the true fans, keep voicing your opinions, but keep it at a proper level. Don’t be stupid about it. Don’t demand something which is unrealistic. Keep up the pressure, keep up the ideas.

“What we’ve learned from the last two weeks is, if we stand together and we show our opposition to ideas that we don’t agree with, as a massive group, it does have an effect. I think football, not Manchester United, is at a crossroads now.

“There is this incredible opportunity now to change direction. Something that I think it has needed for a long, long, long time.”

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