The Manchester United manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjær, spoke to a group of fans who took their protests against the Glazers to the training ground on Thursday.
The club have been under the American family’s ownership since they completed their controversial takeover in 2005. Their reputation managed to sink to a new low in recent days after attempting to launch the European Super League, with the United co-chairman, Joel Glazer, named vice-chairman of the breakaway competition.
But the proposed league swiftly and spectacularly unravelled. United announced that the executive vice-chairman, Ed Woodward, would leave by the end of the year and Glazer admitted “we got it wrong” in an open letter to fans.
But anger understandably remains and a group of around 20 fans protested against the owners at the club’s Carrington training base on Thursday.
United said in a statement: “At approximately 9am this morning a group gained access to the club training ground. The manager and others spoke to them. Buildings were secure and the group has now left the site.”
The Red Issue Twitter account showed an image of fans on a training pitch with a banner reading “Glazers Out” and another saying “51% MUFC 20” in reference to the model of ownership used widely in Germany.
In another image, protesters are shown holding a banner reading “we decide when you play” outside the entrance to the main training ground building.
Solskjær is due to speak publicly on the Super League for the first time at his next press conference on Friday.