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Solskjaer: Protests went ‘too far’

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has said he believes Sunday’s protests against the Glazers ‘went too far’.

Ahead of Manchester United’s Premier League fixture with Liverpool on Sunday, fans stormed the Old Trafford pitch, in protest against the Glazer family – who own United, whilst others demonstrated outside.

As a result the fixture was delayed, and then postponed due to the protests.

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MANCHESTER, UNITED KINGDOM – 2021/05/02: A football fan chants slogans in front of a banner before a protest against the Glazer’s ownership of Manchester United. (Photo by Andy Barton/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)

Ahead of Manchester United’s Europa League semi-final second leg with Roma, Solskjaer commented on the events.

What’s been said?

Solskjaer said: “It was a difficult day for us. Of course we wanted to play, we wanted to beat Liverpool for the fans because our job has to be on getting good performances and good results on the pitch.

“As I said before the game, we have to listen. We have to hear the fans voice.

“Its everyone’s right to protest. It has to be in a civilised manner though.”

Solskjaer continued: “Unfortunately, when you break in and when police officers get injured, scarred for life, that’s too far.

“When it gets out of hand like this, it’s a police matter. It’s not about showing your opinions anymore.”

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MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – MAY 02: Police begin to clear the concourse after Manchester United fans had protested about the owners of the club before the Premier League match between Manchester United and Liverpool at Old Trafford on May 2, 2021 in Manchester, United Kingdom. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Anthony Devlin/Offside via Getty Images)

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The Glazers

When asked about the Glazers, and their level of communication with United supporters, Solskjaer responded.

He responded: “You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to see that we have challenges, frictions and things that have to be dealt with.

“Communications between other individuals, and me of course, has started already. We’re discussing with the fans, which is going to be massive for us going forward.

“It has to be a United football club. To make things grow, you need to give it some patience. I’m hopeful that in time we can unite and come together.”

Solskjaer then went on to comment on his relationship with the Glazer family.

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(L-R) Manchester United Executive Vice Chairman and Director Edward Woodward, Manchester United Executive Co-Chairman and Director Avram Glazer during the UEFA Champions League quarter final match between FC Barcelona and Manchester United FC at Camp Nou on April 16, 2019 in Barcelona, Spain(Photo by VI Images via Getty Images)

Solskjaer commented: “I’ve been communicating with the owners. I’ve got an apology, personally, and they’ve apologised to the fans when this [Plans for a Super League] came out.

“It’s a difficult position for me to be in because I’ve got to focus on the football. I’ve always had a good relationship [with the Glazers]. They listen to me and they do listen to the fans. I’m sure there’ll be better communication coming.”

Solskjaer and his Manchester United team will now turn their attention to the second leg of their Europa League semi-final in Rome. They hold a 6-2 aggregate going into the game.

Featured image credit: (Photo by Matthew Peters/Manchester United via Getty Images)

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