Richard Arnold has claimed the Glazers are unfazed by the protests against their Manchester United ownership.
Following the collapse of the European Super League in April 2021, United fans gathered in an unprecedented protest against the Glazers, with around 5,000 supporters demonstrating at Old Trafford to postpone the Reds’ game against Liverpool.
United fans succeeded in their aim to postpone the game and it was the first time a Premier League game had been postponed due to fan protests. The pressure on the Glazers continued into the new season and protests were again seen around Old Trafford. The 1958 supporters group is responsible for organizing the recent protests.
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At the weekend, the group wanted to demonstrate outside Arnold’s house in Cheshire, but he was told of their plan in advance. Arnold took the initiative and met the supporters in the pub where they had gathered instead, holding a long chat with the fans.
In this chat, which was secretly recorded and shared on social media, Arnold discussed the protests against the Glazers, as he warned fans that the American owners were not “afraid” of them.
“Last season was a nightmare, I hated every game,” Arnold said. “There were several things. On the one hand the protests, protest against me. This is my job and I should take it. Protest to the owners, but the sponsors have invested money in the club.
“They shouldn’t be punished, what did they do wrong? They invested money to help the club. Is it really [pressure on sponsors hurt the Glazers]? You know what it was like in 2005, the pressure on the owners not to buy the club.
“They bought the club anyway. If you want to think of them that way, they are rock hard. [To say they] don’t care is the wrong word…they’re not afraid of people.”
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