Updated: Sunday, 17th November 2019 @ 5:12pm

Reds' fans unite in march against Glazer

Reds' fans unite in march against Glazer

By Richard Redman

An anti-Glazer march organized by Manchester United fans will take place before the visit of Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday.

The non-violent protest, named ‘United Against Glazer’, was organised in response to the release of the club’s annual accounts in August.

Manchester United announced record profits last year, yet through Red Football, simultaneously made record losses.

Red Football Joint Venture limited holds the PIK loans that are secured on the club, and the Glazers extract money from the club to fund these debts.

A spokesman for United Against Glazer said: “The Glazers have been nothing but a cancer upon a footballing institution that has been built by generations and generations of loyal United supporters, from father to son.

“Many generations of loyal supporters clicked the turnstiles through the bad times and the good, through the rain, sleet and snow. Those supporters built the club into one of the few clubs that did not depend upon debt and could fund its development through its own cash flow.”

The £500m debt that the club has been burdened with is made worse by annual interest payments of £45m.

Since the start of the Glazers’ reign in 2005, supporters have seen the average price of a season ticket rise from £487 to £722 last season.

The event aims to unite fans against the Glazers, irrespective of their sporting decisions since the Glazers came into power.

Fans’ ongoing contempt for the Glazers, including the ongoing ‘Love United Hate Glazer’ campaign and last season’s ‘green and gold’ campaign, forced the owners to freeze the season ticket prices for this season.

Saturday’s march is designed to build on the momentum generated by last season’s protests and efforts.

The spokesman added: “The Glazers have seen to it that supporters that had season tickets in their families for decades can no longer afford to go through savage ticket price rises. They are now beginning to strip the assets of this great football club without reinvesting.

“Ronaldo was sold without reinvesting in quality. Now Rooney is publicly questioning the ability of our club to compete at the top level and threatened to leave. Who knows who, or what, could be next.”

The march will commence at around 4.15pm from the Tollgate pub on Talbot Road. Fans will walk down to the junction with Warwick Road.

After a short pause, the march will continue up towards Sir Matt Busby Way and will culminate at the Megastore at the back of the East Stand of Old Trafford.

Manchester United versus Tottenham Hotspur kicks off at 5.30pm.

Anyone wanting to get involved in the march is advised to meet at the Tollgate at 3.30pm.

For information, and to download flyers for the event, visit www.unitedagainstglazer.co.uk