“Lazy punditry” – Carragher slams pundits for criticising fan protests against Glazer ownership of Man Utd

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Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher has defended Manchester United fans for protesting against the Glazer ownership of the club on Sunday after Graeme Souness claimed United fans are only protesting because the Red Devils are no longer the top club in England.

“I really want to get this message across,” Carragher told Sky Sports.

“This is not the European Super League for me. When we had the six clubs, we spoke about this a couple of weeks ago, the supporters who really felt this more and marched on stadiums are Manchester United and Arsenal – that’s because they had a huge problem with their owners before this.

“This was the tipping point. Other supporters are very angry with their owners, but don’t necessarily want them out. I think it’s different for these two clubs, because of that.

“I think we have got to get away from that [the ESL]. I’ve listened to a lot this morning and I watched other things. I’ve got no problem with people having a different point of view or a different opinion from me, because it’s nuanced what happened yesterday. But get the facts. Please, when you are going to talk about this, know what’s going on.

“This talk of Manchester United fans only doing this because they are not challenging for the top honours… Supporters formed another club – FC United. That was at the height of this when it started.

“The green and gold campaign was in 2010, I think, when David Beckham came back to the club. The year before that, they were in the Champions League final. The year after they were in the Champions League final. So let’s not… lazy punditry. That’s what I call it.

“If you’re going to speak about something and you’re going to speak about something passionately – and you can have your opinion – back it up with the facts.

“This is nothing to do with where Manchester United are in the league. Yes, there’s been a decline, obviously, but this campaign has been going on for a long, long time, from when Manchester United were very, very successful.

“So let’s not accuse Manchester United fans of just throwing the toys out the pram because they’re not competing with [Manchester] City or in the Champions League, whatever it may be. That is absolute nonsense.”

Carragher is absolutely correct. United fans have protested against the Glazer family on multiple occasions since they took control of the club in May 2005, including when the Red Devils were winning titles under Sir Alex Ferguson.

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