Thousands of fans gather outside Old Trafford in protest against Man Utd owners

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Tom Morgan
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Manchester United fans protest - Thousands of fans gather outside Old Trafford in protest against Man Utd owners - PA
Manchester United fans protest - Thousands of fans gather outside Old Trafford in protest against Man Utd owners - PA

Thousands of Manchester United supporters have gathered outside Old Trafford amid unrelenting protests against the Big Six American cartel that led the Super League betrayal.

In the sixth day of action outside various stadiums caught up in the fiasco, angry protests took place even though United are not in action until Sunday at Leeds United.

An estimated 2,000 supporters gathered on the forecourt and around player statues, chanting "Glazers' Out" and wearing scarves with the hashtag #GlazersOut.

Yellow and green flares – colours that pay homage to United's beginnings as a club – filled the air amid peaceful scenes as police watched on.

Joel Glazer, the United owner, was an architect of the scheme along with Real Madrid and Liverpool, and had been due to become the new competition's vice-chairman.

United supporters protest outside Old Trafford -  - PA
United supporters protest outside Old Trafford - - PA

The scenes come just 24 hours after similar scenes of dismay from Arsenal fans at the Emirates. Protesters had also gathered outside Stamford Bridge prior to the Chelsea about-turning on their involvement in the breakaway plot – and fans have since called for Bruce Buck, the club's American chairman, to resign.

In the latest scenes of dismay at Old Trafford, fans climbed onto the "Holy Trinity", a trio of statues depicting George Best, Denis Law and Sir Bobby Charlton. Green and gold colours hark back to the kit colours of Newton Heath, the club founded in 1878 which later became Manchester United.

Amid the ongoing tinderbox of resentment towards the 12 owners involved in the plot to leave the Champions League, Gary Lineker described Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp as "spectacularly tone deaf" for saying TV pundits should "calm down" in their criticism.

Klopp suggested the media are "winding people up" following the Super League's collapse, but Lineker tweeted in response: "A handful of owners try to tear our game apart and may well try to do so again, and we’re just told to ‘calm down and move on’.

"Huge admirer of Klopp but he’s spectacularly tone deaf here. Without the fans of our beautiful game it would be much uglier today."