Man Utd supporters pulled off one of their most audacious stunts yet in their protests against the club’s owners by tonight projecting anti-Glazer slogans on to the side of Old Trafford to demand the American owners’ removal.
Messages such as “We want the Glazers out” were flashed on to the stand directly behind Sir Matt Busby’s statue in a move reminiscent of the time FHM magazine beamed a 100ft image of a naked Gail Porter on to the side of the Palace of Westminster. The logos of the club’s main sponsors were also projected on to the glass walls of United’s stadium, together with messages such as “Time to choose sides” and “Are you keeping the right company?”
Security guards tried unsuccessfully to intervene and there were some minor scuffles as other slogans followed in a 30-minute show.
Duncan Drasdo, the chief executive of the Manchester United Supporters’ Trust, said the idea was to send a message to the sponsors that they should share and understand the fans’ concerns about the financial state of the club under the Glazers.
“Sponsors wish to benefit from the affinity generated by association with the most loved football club in the world but the commercial value of that relationship is being diminished due to the unpopularity of the current owners,” he said