Manconian’s blood pressure dropped again. Manchester United beat Liverpool in a smart way on Monday night. An important victory gives Eric Ten Hag some breathing space.
But beneath the surface there is a conflict much deeper than a duel lost or won: the club’s supporters want the Glazers to disappear as Manchester United owners.
In a tweet from the support group “The 1958” we see the icon Game of thronesThe character Jon Snow stands alone on the battlefield seeing a group of daring opponents on horseback.
This wild crowd must in this case represent the Glazer clan, an American billionaire family who got their hands on Manchester United over seventeen years ago. On Monday, there was a large-scale demonstration against them before the first match against Liverpool: thousands took part in a protest march.
Named after the year a United plane crashed in Munich, “1958” can drink the blood of the Glazers. And it would indeed take an epic battle to get them out of the club again. And last but not least, resistance against Glazers has been around since 2005.
That year, Malcolm Glazer, an American billionaire of Lithuanian descent, took over Manchester United from John Magnier and JP McManus.
He did it mostly with money that didn’t belong to him. Glazer acquired the club through a “leveraged takeover,” a construct whereby a company is taken over with borrowed money, with the acquiring company acting as collateral.
The result: United were saddled with an insane amount of debt, which had to be repaid with great interest. In addition, the club must pay dividends to shareholders when paid. So to Glazers.
After capturing, the “Red Devils” were hundreds of millions in the Red Zone. Without investing, the Glazer family earned money from United.
green gold resistance
This method was not appreciated by club supporters. Doubts persisted in the early years after the acquisition, despite the fact that many trophies were still being won under then coach Sir Alex Ferguson.
The most famous campaign of that period was under the slogan: United green and gold until the club is sold. Fans wore green and gold scarves, in reference to the colors of Newton Heath, as the club was called until 1902.
These actions ultimately had no effect. With the years when protests erupted every now and then, the realization grew just how hopeless the situation was.
Because how are you ever going to get them out, those Glazers? After father Malcolm passed away in 2014, his sons Avram and Joel Glazer took over.
Many of the fans’ protest banners read “50 +1”, referring to the German model in which club supporters have a majority stake. But fans can only dream of such a construction.
Supporters lost heart. Many canceled their season tickets and skipped another protest against the Glazers.
A group of disappointed fans even founded their own club, perfectly adapted to their footballing ideals. Manchester United FC became the popular, locally and non-commercially rooted version of Manchester United.
The other union has continued to grow in the past decade. More and more disgruntled fans joined the initiators, taking a season ticket to support their new team in a romantic stadium.
But of course there were still plenty of die-hard Manchester United supporters, who united in groups like the Manchester United Supporters’ Union (MUST) and 1958.
The complete failure of the Premier League, which the Glazers would have loved to make big money with United, has given fans the wind in their sails.
Photos of angry fans at Old Trafford, when the match with Liverpool was supposed to start at that moment, spread all over the world.
But the Premier League disaster was no reason to make room for the Glazers. Joel Glazer sent an open letter of apology and then waited for the storm to pass.
But she didn’t stay silent for long, certainly not after the dramatic 2021/2022 season and the worst start to the current season under Ten Hag.
After defeats against Brighton and Brentford, backlash against the Glazers erupted once again. A protest march took place before the match against Liverpool and during the match it was We want to remove the glass to listen constantly.
‘1958’ attempts to put the mighty, defeated heart of Manchester United back together again. “Some things are worth fighting for.”They often write on Twitter.
Before the match against Liverpool, The 1958 movie was aimed at fans who joined English club Manchester United. “Stand up with us again against the Glazer Monarchy. Join the fight!”
The hopes of the protesting supporters now mainly depend on Sir Jim Ratcliffe, a billionaire from Greater Manchester, who is also investing in sports clubs with his company INEOS. He is said to be looking to bid for Glazers.
It remains to be seen if this actually happens and whether the Glazers really want to give up the road. Until then, the protagonists’ long struggle will flare up now and then.