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Manchester United legend Peter Schmeichel calls on Glazer family to stay on as owners

  • May 03, 2021
Protesters made it clear on Sunday that the want the Glazers out of Manchester United (Picture: Getty Images)

Peter Schmeichel believes Manchester United fans who are hoping for the Glazer family to leave the club have got it wrong and the best course of action is to work with the current owners in the hope of a better future.

Protests raged outside and inside Old Trafford on Sunday, with Manchester United fans making it clear that they want the end of the Glazers’ ownership of the club.

The American owners have long been unpopular, but their involvement in the failed European Super League plan has created more anger among the fanbase.

Schmeichel recognises that a fan-owned club would be the perfect scenario, but with Manchester United likely to cost around $4bn, that scenario is not a realistic option.

The former goalkeeper does not even think finding a buyer of any kind would be easy so suggests the best option is to work more closely with the Glazers and try to forge some harmony between owners and fans.

‘I think it’s so easy to say that the Glazers are bad for the club,’ Schmeichel told Good Morning Britain on Monday. ‘They’re not doing this, not doing that and they should sell up.

‘The issue here is that it will be like $4bn, I don’t know who’s got $4bn that will buy Manchester United and make it better.

‘That’s the key here. Who’s going to make it better? I’m really struggling to see how to organise the fans to collect $4bn. That would of course be the ideal solution.

‘I would much rather try and work with the current owners and see if it’s possible to get them to understand what the football club is all about.

‘I would much rather try and work with the Glazer family, the ownership and leadership of the club and try to get them in line with what the fans want because at the end of the day we play football for the fans, as simple as that, without fans there won’t be any football. There won’t be any money in football.

‘We need to work towards them understanding that.’

While some fans may not be delighted at the prospect of the Glazers staying on, Schmeichel sees the failed European Super League as a big chance to enact change in football and make it work more the supporters than the owners.

‘We have a massive opportunity here from two weeks ago we saw the reaction,’ continued the Dane. ‘I don’t think these owners that can come up with anything, at least not in the near future, that can be as devastating to football or show that kind of greed again.

The protests turned violent at times in Manchester (Picture: Getty Images)

‘There’s a massive opportunity for everyone – FIFA, UEFA, the Premier League, the FA, Government, players, everyone to change football because football needs to change.

‘If not a change in direction then a change in mentality and understanding of why we are playing this game.

‘Are we playing it for ourselves? Are we playing to get rich? Are we playing for the fans?

‘I think that’s an easy question to answer, we’re playing it for the fans. So let’s speak to the fans, see what their needs are and move towards their needs.’


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