Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer defended Joel Glazer in an exchange with the club supporters outside their Carrington training complex.
Solskjaer was confronted by fans who reminded him that he voiced his opposition against the Glazer takeover in February 2005, just three months before the American family bought the club.
Joel Glazer championed the European Super League in its introductory statement on Sunday before he was forced into issuing an apology in an open letter to United supporters on Wednesday.
Some sources confirmed Solskjaer said Glazer – who has not attended any United game in more than two years – ‘loves’ the club.
First-team coaches Michael Carrick and Darren Fletcher, as well as Nemanja Matic who arrived early for training, exchanged views with the militant supporters.
Michael Carrick said in his 2018 book ‘the Glazers have been great owners. Couldn’t really ask for anything more. The Glazers need a lot of credit for how they’ve gone about it… United have progressed under the Glazers on and off the field’.
The Red devils players usually arrive from 10am for training, so most of the players were not present when the fans arrived at 9am.
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Police were called and kept their distance from the angry fans, who left on good terms with Solskjaer. The Norwegian coach laughed at a joke about a first-team player’s attacking shortcomings.
Manchester United said in a statement: “At approximately 9am this morning 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.”
Solskjaer was just recovering from a knee injury that plagued him in the last four years of his career and still contracted to the club when he became a patron of the fans’ group Shareholders United, saying he was ‘absolutely on the supporters’ side’ in their opposition to the Glazers.