Manchester United’s winter of discontent is here. Fan pressure is growing on Ed Woodward and the Glazers.
Fuelled by poor results and no January signings, supporters are talking about stepping up protests.
One idea being discussed is that of a 58th minute walkout in the next home match against Wolves.
The game against Wolves is being held next Saturday (1st Feb) at 5.30pm and is live on SkySports in the UK, making it a prime opportunity for fans to make a statement in front of television cameras.
The Mirror report: “Those behind the move are calling on all United fans to walk out of the stadium in the 58th minute of their Premier League fixture against Wolves on February 1.
“Organisers of the planned protest hope to convince thousands of United fans to leave their seats in what would be a symbolic gesture and show of strength against the Glazers and the controversial way they run the club.”
The idea is gaining traction online via social media with supporters frustrated after seeing one of the club’s worst ever home performances in the 2-0 defeat to Burnley.
The match saw angry chanting against the Glazers and Ed Woodward, which were condemned by some ‘think of the children’ types in the media.
The poor organisation by the board has led to a disastrous transfer window, with no steps taken to address the injuries to key players, in an already poorly constructed squad.
Will it work?
Managing to get 76,000 fans – if the attendance is even that high – is to walk out in unison is highly difficult. Even half that number.
With one week to spread the message, which we are attempting to help do with this piece, is to help raise awareness of the plan.
Circumstances of the game may make it tricky, for instance if United are awarded a penalty at the time, while the club will be looking to mitigate fan anger by making late, quality signings.
The plan also depends on those who are committed to the plan, being seated near to each other, and influencing those around them to do the same.
It won’t be easy, but at some stage, you have to try something different.
There is enough time to prepare this with more co-ordination, and a walkout would be a powerful message to the board, and millions watching around the world, that supporters are angry and want change.
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