Rafael criticises Glazers’ failure to communicate with United fans

Former Manchester United defenders Rafael and Fabio have taken a swipe at the Glazers.

In an interview with the Athletic, the Brazilians said that the lack of communication with United fans has been unacceptable.

Rafael did not dig into financial aspects of their tenure, instead focusing on the lack of interviews they’ve done.

He said he understands why the fans have been protesting, while his brother acknowledged that the relationship between the supporters and the owners is beyond repair.

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“I understand every supporter who speaks out about this,” said Rafael.

“And I don’t understand why the Glazers have not said anything to the supporters for so many years.

“They should have said something, they should have given interviews. I really don’t understand this.”

Fabio added: “It’s hard and you need to establish something between the supporters and the owner. At United, though, it seems to be way past that.

“I don’t think the supporters want to establish anything with the Glazers — this is clear.

“The club is for the supporters. For me, the supporters are the most important thing, even more than the guy who buys the club.”

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Former United players had been reluctant to speak out against the Glazers until the protests ramped up again following the doomed European Super League.

Rio Ferdinand has since had his say and it was of course Gary Neville who led the charge, saying the Glazers should be booted out of football.

Rafael and Fabio are still United fans and their passion for the club is clear. What they said is bang on.

We can only hope high-profile former players keep speaking up which will keep the pressure on the owners to change.

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Sam Preston is an NCTJ gold standard news and sports journalist who studied with the Press Association. He also has a 2:1 law with French law degree from the University of Birmingham, which included a year studying at Bordeaux Montaigne University. He is an FA Level 1 football coach who appeared on the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire show in 2018 and has also written digital football content and match-day programme pieces for Colchester United, Mansfield Town and Stockport County.