Manchester United beef up their training ground security to stop MORE protesters getting in with players fearing Super League fall-out won’t stop… and even Ole Gunnar Solskjaer gets questioned!
- Manchester United have increased the security at their Carrington training base
- A group of angry supporters broke in on Thursday and protested the Glazers
- It comes after United’s role in the launch of the doomed European Super League
- Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was among those checked by security on Friday
Manchester United have beefed up security at the entrance to the club’s Carrington training base after a group of angry fans broke in and confronted Ole Gunnar Solskjaer on Thursday.
The supporters were protesting against the club’s American owners over their leading role in the doomed European Super League and challenged manager Solskjaer about why he did not speak out against it.
The group of around 20 fans who breached the premises belong to the self-styled ‘Men in Black’ who also attacked United chief Ed Woodward’s house in Cheshire in January last year.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was greeted by security guards at Manchester United’s training ground
The United boss had to take his sunglasses off so guards could complete a full ID check on him
Guards were posted at the Carrington entrance after fans stormed the base on Thursday
Technical director Darren Fletcher gave the guards a thumbs up as he arrived on Friday
Solskjaer came out to try to placate them, accompanied by new technical director Darren Fletcher, coach Michael Carrick and 6ft 4in Serbia midfielder Nemanja Matic, on the condition that their conversation was not recorded.
But pictures of Solskjaer and other staff members arriving on Friday morning show a greater security presence at the entrance with even the manager getting a full check before he was allowed to enter.
It comes after Sportsmail exclusively revealed that United stars were shocked at how easily the fans were able to breach security.
Security guards were posted on the gate on Friday and everyone trying to enter the complex was asked for their ID.
Even manager Solskjaer was stopped and forced to remove his sunglasses to show the security team his face.
Technical director Darren Fletcher was seen arriving shortly after and gave the guards a thumbs up as he drove in.
Manchester United fans gathered at the club’s Carrington training ground to protest
The supporters – pictured here by the first-team pitch – held banners saying ‘Glazers Out’
The Florida-based Glazers were architects of the shambolic European Super League plans, which collapsed after an unprecedented 48 hours of criticism from supporters, pundits and the intervention of Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
On Wednesday afternoon, United co-chairman Joel Glazer finally admitted they ‘got it wrong’ and ‘apologised unreservedly’ to the club’s fans over the whole saga. But it was not enough to placate the fans who turned up at Carrington on Thursday.
Shortly after 9am, photos emerged on Red Issue’s Twitter feed of fans protesting at both entrances, inside the training ground and by the first-team pitch.
They were brandishing banners reading ‘Glazers Out’, ‘We decide when you play’, and ‘51% MUFC’, – a reference to the German ownership model where fans hold a majority stake of the club.
A statement from Manchester United said: ‘At approximately 9am this morning a group gained access to the club training ground. The manager and others spoke to them. Buildings were secure and the group has now left the site.’
The fans are said to have asked Solskjaer why he opposed the Glazer takeover when becoming a patron of Shareholders United while he was still a player in 2005, but did not join other Premier League managers in condemning the ESL, which collapsed earlier this week.
Fans gathered with all the banners outside the entrance to Carrington on Thursday morning
An aerial shot of United’s Carrington training ground with the two entrances to the site circled
The protestors claim manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (pic alongside the Glazers in 2019) told the protestors: ‘Joel (Glazer) loves the club’
‘There was one meathead shouting the odds who soon piped down when Ole started talking to them,’ a source told Sportsmail.
‘But the players were concerned at how easily the fans got through. There weren’t enough security guards to keep away an angry group like that. It needs beefing up to stop this happening again.’
Further detail from Red Issue states that United staff requested that no recordings were made of the conversation between Solskjaer and supporters, while the protestors told their manager they ‘didn’t need a history lesson from him’ and Joel Glazer ‘only loves the money he takes out the club.’
The ‘Men in Black’ have also turned up at the homes of former Manchester United stars Wayne Rooney and Rio Ferdinand in the past when they were in contract disputes with the club.
The club has already felt its first casualty from the Super League mess, after it was announced that chief executive Ed Woodward would be stepping down from his role at Old Trafford.
Woodward was a key figure in fiercely controversial plans for the new breakaway league, with his links to US investment bank JP Morgan helping to secure the £4.3billion in financing.
Woodward was not present at Carrington on Thursday, even though he had been expected for meetings.