Solskjaer left ‘disturbed’ by fan protests before cancelling Man Utd training

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's preparations for Manchester United's crunch showdown with Leeds have been thrown into chaos after he was forced to cancel training because of fuming fans.

A group of supporters broke into the Carrington training complex this morning to protest against the Glazer family's ownership.

More than a dozen of them blocked the main entrances and held up banners saying 'Glazers Out' and '51% MUFC'.

The major security breach came less than 24-hours after co-owner Joel Glazer wrote a letter of apology to supporters regarding the club's role in the now doomed plans to form a European Super League.

Solskjaer was forced to go outside and address those fans who had infiltrated the security entrance, main entrance and even the training pitch – in a bid to keep the peace.

The United boss was left "disturbed" by the incident and following a meeting with fellow coaches Michael Carrick and Darren Fletcher, along with midfielder Nemanja Matic, decided to cancel the planned training session for his squad.

It is understood Solskjaer feared fans might return to the complex and was concerned about the welfare of his stars.

It is the last thing Solskjaer needs during what is turning out to be a horrendous week for the English giants.

United must travel to face bitter rivals Leeds on Sunday at Elland Road, where police fear home fans are planning a hostile protest against United's role in the ESL plot.

United bosses have agreed to beef up security ahead of the trip to Yorkshire, as exclusively revealed in Starsport earlier this week.

To make matters worse, executive vice chairman Ed Woodward has decided to quit after telling his bosses he could no longer support the club's bid to be part of the ESL, which Glazer would have been vice chairman of.

United were one of six Premier League clubs to sign up to the plan, before they all withdrew within 48 hours of the competition being announced.

There has been a long-standing campaign against the Glazer family since the Americans' controversial leveraged takeover of the club in 2005.

A United spokesman said: "At approximately 9am a group gained access to the club training ground. The manager and others spoke to them. Buildings were secure and the group has now left the site."

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