IAN LADYMAN: The Glazers do not listen and never will … It is WRITTEN that the behavior of our top clubs has turned out to be so terrible that those who have waited so calmly to get back into the stadiums are finally out of patience.
- The confrontation between Manchester United and Liverpool was postponed on Sunday afternoon
- Supporters stormed the ground when the scenes at Old Trafford turned ugly
- The whole demonstration was a depressing affair, but the Glazers won’t listen
For those familiar with Old Trafford’s structural decline during Glazer’s years of ownership, the ease with which supporters entered the Manchester United stadium will have come as no surprise.
There have been holes in the roof of the main stand for years. Maybe the doors don’t have any locks anymore.
What a sad sight.
The Glazers never intend to listen to Manchester United fans, they never have now
Supporters forced United’s clash with Liverpool to cancel on Sunday with a protest
Played without fans towards the end of the season, this was something new, something even more depressing. A marquee game that will be played without fans being called off after chaos outside and in England’s most famous club stadium.
Wherever? On the road to something better, we can only hope.
United’s fans had every right to hold a peaceful protest – as the majority did – against the club’s owners on Sunday, even though they know it will get them nowhere.
The Glazers are not listening. They never were and never will. But a protest does not lose its validity just because it does not bring about change. There is such a thing as protest for the sake of protest.
Nonetheless, it was demoralizing to watch, and that feeling only hardened when the clashes with police in the Old Trafford forecourt turned violent late in the afternoon.
United fans stormed the Old Trafford field and overwhelmed security to make their voices heard
Police struggled to get the situation under control after protesters broke into the ground
A lawful day of demonstration then starts to look like football hooliganism and that’s the last thing the sport needs in 2021.
Despite what some claim, this Covid-19 tainted football season has been a hard wait. The sooner we see the back of it, the better. It has been a sport in name only.
Now, on the day of what would normally be one of the standout matches of the English calendar, all we had to do was watch a breakthrough from Old Trafford’s limp defenses and, three miles away in town, a siege outside the Lowry Hotel.
It was all understandable in terms of motive, but kind of miserable nonetheless. The sport in this country has already been brought to its knees by the pandemic.
With the end in sight, the behavior of our top clubs has turned out to be so dire that those who have waited so calmly to re-enter stadiums across the country are finally running out of patience.
Supporters’ anger towards their Glazer property has boiled over after the Super League plot
Do you remember last summer when the Premier League clubs tried a way to return to the field and close the 2019/20 season? Do you remember the concern that fans would inappropriately congregate outside their club’s stadium on match day?
It turned out we should have trusted them more. Aside from a few early incidents – including some regrettable scenes in Liverpool – football’s paying customers stayed away. They obeyed. They have it.
Ultimately, it took something else to exhaust the reservoirs of patience. It got a kick in the stomach from those at the top.
And all we have left now is hope it is as low as possible yesterday.
Next weekend – in all likelihood – we’ll be greeting fantastic new champions from Manchester City. Pep Guardiola’s second wave at the Etihad promises to be a big wave.
We must hope that events on Sunday are as low as this crisis in English football can fade away
Football needs to get back to normal and get as far away from this season as possible as soon as possible
It is then possible that they will face Chelsea in an all-English Champions League final. Chelsea, in turn, will face Brendan Rodgers’ ambitious, easygoing Leicester in the FA Cup final.
And then we have the European championships. Partly staged in England, for no less large numbers of supporters.
That prospect felt like a world away when we looked at the photos of Old Trafford. But it is not. It’s only six weeks.
Early summer and all the promises it holds cannot come soon enough. Football has suffered longer than we ever dared to fear.