The Manchester United Supporters Trust (M.U.S.T) has urged the government to act now following Sunday’s protest that led to the cancellation of the Premier League game between Manchester United and Liverpool.
The statement: “What we witnessed at Old Trafford today is the culmination of sixteen years since the Glazer family’s acquisition of the club. Over that period, the owners have taken £1bn out of the club and we have witnessed decay and decline both on the field and off it.
“Whilst the invasion of the stadium isn’t something we expected, and it is rumoured a gate was opened for fans, but even if that is not the case we believe the vast majority of Manchester United staff are sympathetic with the views of the fans.
“Supporters turned up on the day of a game they could not even attend, to peacefully protest and speak with one clear voice about the change that needs to happen at our club.
“On the back of the indefensible ESL proposals, and an “apology” from the Glazers which we do not accept, we need to give fans a meaningful share in the ownership of United and a meaningful voice in how it is run.
“The Government now need to act. That has to mean a process which results in fans having the opportunity to buy shares in their club and more to the point no single private shareholder holding a majority ownership of our football clubs which allows them to abuse that ownership.
“The Government need to reflect the views of ordinary people who see that now is the time to reclaim the people’s game.”