Ole Gunnar Solskjaer ‘showed we respect our supporters’ by facing angry Manchester United fans who stormed the club’s training ground over breakaway Super League plans, claims Nemanja Matic
- Furious fans blockaded Carrington on Thursday and confronted boss Solskjaer
- The club subsequently beefed up security to stop more protesters getting inside
- Players are said to be shocked at how easily the group breached security there
- But midfielder Matic has claimed Solskjaer’s dialogue with them shows he cares
Manchester United midfielder Nemanja Matic has declared Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s discussions with supporters who stormed the Manchester United training ground a ‘positive thing’.
Fans furious at the club’s role in the failed European Super League blockaded Carrington on Thursday, showing anti-owner banners and loudly demanding United’s American owners the Glazer family leave.
The heated incident sparked security concerns, with players reportedly shocked at how easily the group of around 20 – who call themselves ‘Men in Black’ and attacked former United chief Ed Woodward’s house last year – gained access.
Manchester United supporters stormed the club’s training ground, Carrington, on Thursday
Red Devils boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer confronted the group and exchanged views with them
Midfielder Nemanja Matic said Solskjaer’s gesture proved the club have respect for their fans
Red Devils manager Solskjaer, along with coaches Darren Fletcher and Michael Carrick plus Matic, spoke to the angry group, with the Serbian insisting the Norwegian’s intervention was a mark of respect.
In a Sky Sports video, he said: ‘We saw the fans here in our training ground and that was very nice from our manager to decide to go out and speak to them.
‘With that gesture he showed that us as a club we respect our supporters, we respect their opinions. He just went outside to speak to them and that was a positive thing.
‘They shared their opinions with us, of course we understand them and all the players are really focused on our job.
The supporters – pictured here by the first-team pitch – held banners saying ‘Glazers Out’
‘I hope what’s happened with this Super League is behind us and we can now focus on the Premier League and Europa League.’
Twelve of Europe’s biggest clubs, including the ‘Big Six’ from England – United, Manchester City, Liverpool, Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham – announced their intention to join a breakaway European Super League.
The project was instantly met with near-universal ire from supporters, the other 14 English top-flight sides and players, who could have been banned from domestic and international matches, and the plans were scrapped after less than 48 hours.
And Matic, 32, stated his belief and those of his team-mates were aligned with supporters in opposition to the proposed league.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was greeted by security guards at Manchester United’s training ground at Carrington on Friday morning after angry protesters had gained access on Thursday
He added: ‘First, the information came to us was on Sunday after the game (against Burnley).
‘What I can say on behalf of all players is we are happy all clubs listened to supporters, to the fans, and this was a victory for football.
‘We all share the same opinion, we are with our supporters that it was a better decision for football that we don’t go to that Super League. That’s all I can say because I didn’t know much about the Super League.’
Next up Solskjaer’s side travel to Elland Road to face Leeds on Sunday, before successive home games against Roma in the Europa League semi-final first leg on Thursday and a Premier League clash with Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool three days later.
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