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Roy Keane predicts “things will get a lot worse” as United fan protests continue

If those at the top of the Manchester United hierarchy thought that the worst of the fan protests had come before the club’s clash with Liverpool earlier this month, they were sorely mistaken.

The Old Trafford faithful sent another message to the Glazers and co. this evening ahead of the rearranged fixture with Liverpool, the original date for the fixture moved after protesters stormed the stadium and made their way on to the pitch.

Fans took to blocking the Liverpool team bus down a side road, preventing them from being able to get into the ground as originally planned.

Keane claimed the return of fans to stadiums next season could see protests get ‘a lot worse’

Though this level of disruption has been sparked by the recent European Super League proposals, United’s fanbase have long held animosity towards the owners over their lack of engagement with the club, in terms of investment and communication.

Roy Keane spoke ahead of the game about how fears these protests could become a regular fixture outside the stadium, with the United legend speculating that it could get ‘a lot worse’.

Discussing the club’s ownership, Keane said on Sky Sports: “There’s obviously lack of trust, there’s frustration, they want change, which is a big ask.

Joint chairmen Joel Glazer (right) and Avram Glazer (left) have been the subject of protests by United fans for a number of weeks
Joint chairmen Joel Glazer (right) and Avram Glazer (left) have been the subject of protests by United fans for a number of weeks

“They’re still frustrated. I think this bit of communication they’ve had the last week, I don’t think it’s really impressed United fans that much and rightly so, because, again, there’s a lack of trust. Why should they believe that?”

Keane went on to touch on tonight’s game and the pre-match scenes, claiming: “The images tonight, obviously we’re hoping the game will go ahead. As we get closer to kick-off United fans will turn up, they’re passionate.

“There’s certainly no quick fix and I think United fans aren’t finished with this. We saw protests a couple of weeks ago but I think there’s plenty more to come.

Police presence outside the ground ahead of the Premier League match between Manchester United and Liverpool at Old Trafford, Manchester. Picture date: Thursday May 13, 2021. PA Photo. Photo credit Martin Rickett/PA Wire.
Police presence outside the ground ahead of the Premier League match between Manchester United and Liverpool at Old Trafford, Manchester. Picture date: Thursday May 13, 2021. PA Photo. Photo credit Martin Rickett/PA Wire.

The former United midfielder eventually expressed his fear over what next season could look like, with the return of fans, if these protests continue.

“The big worry is when we come back next season, when obviously football stadiums hopefully are open to all supporters.

“Imagine 70,000 fans turn up at Old Trafford, all frustrated with what’s gone on. You think when there’s a full house here and there’s still that frustration and lack of trust with the owners.

“Things could get a lot worse.”



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