The Glazer’s family has never had a good reputation at Manchester United since taking over ownership in 2005.
For years, fans have shown their disgust at the American owners for taking out money from the club and not showing any value or respect for the club.
The Glazers’ decision to join the controversial European Super League felt like the highest form of neglect and disrespect to the Manchester United fans, and fans have since revolted against the act. Within 48 hours, the club confirmed that it has withdrawn from the ESL.
United at first released a three-line sentence to announce its withdrawal from the European Super League, but it further irritated fans.
Manchester United co-chairman Joel Glazer had on Wednesday penned a letter to the fans, and apologised for the mistakes made and vowed to do better going forward.
In a statement released via United’s official website, Glazer wrote: “To all Manchester United supporters.
“Over the past few days, we have all witnessed the great passion which football generates, and the deep loyalty our fans have for this great club.
“You made very clear your opposition to the European Super League, and we have listened. We got it wrong, and we want to show that we can put things right.
“Although the wounds are raw and I understand that it will take time for the scars to heal, I am personally committed to rebuilding trust with our fans and learning from the message you delivered with such conviction.
“We continue to believe that European football needs to become more sustainable throughout the pyramid for the long-term. However, we fully accept that the Super League was not the right way to go about it.
“In seeking to create a more stable foundation for the game, we failed to show enough respect for its deep-rooted traditions –promotion, relegation, the pyramid – and for that we are sorry.
“This is the world’s greatest football club and we apologise unreservedly for the unrest caused during these past few days. ‘It is important for us to put that right.
“Manchester United has a rich heritage and we recognise our responsibility to live up to its great traditions and values.
“The pandemic has thrown up so many unique challenges and we are proud of the way Manchester United and its fans from Manchester and around the world have reacted to the enormous pressures during this period.
“We also realise that we need to better communicate with you, our fans, because you will always be at the heart of the club.
“In the background, you can be sure that we will be taking the necessary steps to rebuild relationships with other stakeholders across the game, with a view to working together on solutions to the long-term challenges facing the football pyramid.
“Right now, our priority is to continue to support all of our teams as they push for the strongest possible finish to the season.
“In closing, I would like to recognise that it is your support which makes this club so great, and we thank you for that.”
The Glazer’s relationship with the United fans seem irreparable, and their lack of communication over the years had added to the grievances. Fans have urged them to sell back the club, and one can only wonder how things will go after the ESL dust is settled.