Manchester United Supporters’ Trust sees rise in membership as opposition to the Glazers’ ownership of the club grows amid fallout of the doomed European Super League
- United Supporters’ Trust has seen a surge in membership over the past fortnight
- This comes amid the growing opposition to the Glazers’ ownership of the club
- Man United fans stormed Old Trafford on Sunday in protest of the Glazers
- A large number of new members have made donations to the trust since joining
Thousands of Manchester United fans have rushed to join the club’s foremost supporter group as protestations against the Glazer ownership grow stronger.
The Manchester United Supporters’ Trust was already the largest of its kind in the country and has seen a significant uplift in membership over the past fortnight.
The increase in numbers at MUST indicate a groundswell of support for fans attempting to force change in how United operates. A sizeable number of new members have made donations to the Trust, with other supporter branches across the world offering to help recruit new faces.
The Manchester United Supporters’ Trust has seen a surge in membership over the past fortnight as the opposition to the Glazers’ ownership – Avram (L) and Joel (R) of the club grows
Sunday’s dramatic demonstration at Old Trafford, not organised by MUST, culminated in the postponement of the fixture against Liverpool and sent a defiant message of fan sentiment to co-chairman Joel Glazer.
That was followed up with an open letter sent to Glazer by MUST on Monday, outlining a four-point plan for change at United, which includes independent representation at board level and a share scheme for supporters.
MUST also asked for the club to ‘openly engage and promote the government initiated fan-led review of football’ and ‘commit to fill consultation with season ticket holders on significant changes to the future’ of the club.
Manchester United fans stormed Old Trafford on Sunday in protest of the Glazer ownership
The Glazers have until Friday to respond to the letter, in what is proving a tense few days.
There is hope that potential communication back from America will strike the right tone on the government’s ideas surrounding a ‘golden share’ for fans in reforms, which could a greater say in key decisions at board level.
United will realise the importance of their response later this week and the potential ramifications if that falls short of expectations. They received backlash for a statement issued by the owners that discussed ‘rebuilding trust’ in the wake of the botched Super League and there is interest in how they react this time.
Meanwhile, United’s lengthy list of sponsors have been contacted by unnamed Anti-Glazer protesters this week and warned that they are ‘legitimate targets of the global fanbase’.
The letters state that fans ‘will boycott your products, seek to tarnish your brands and support your competitors until you terminate your commercial partnerships with the Glazer family’. Several sponsors have already been inundated with disparaging online reviews.