Some lazy reports of Sunday’s Old Trafford protests claimed that it was only Manchester United fans who had a fit of anger because they are no longer the best team in the country.

That is clearly not the case and even Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher can see it.

There were protests against the Glazer family from the start.

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Back when Sir Alex Ferguson was a manager. Back when we had Cristiano Ronaldo and Wayne Rooney.

Back when we won Premier League titles in a row.

For those in need of remembering, here is a timeline of the anti-glazer protests that go back to when it was first adopted in 2005 …

Still read and hear the same old lament that #MUFC fans protest against the glasses just because of the lack of trophies.

Did I envision all the protests from 2005 to 2010 when they were serial winners in the Premier League and reached the Champions League final? 🤷🏼‍♂️

– Daniel Taylor (@DTathletic) May 4, 2021

2004 – Fans found Shareholder United

Back in February 2004, Forbes reported that Shareholder United, made up of fans who owned 17 percent of the club’s shares, were concerned about the growing influence of the glasses.

At this point, the next move by John Magnier and JP McManus, the two Irish who controlled nearly 30 percent of the club, was not clear.

They asked the couple to show their hand, but a year later a planned takeover by the glaziers was on the agenda.

2005 – opposition from the start

United fans protested the Glazers in February 2005 before their takeover was even confirmed.

Protesters marched around Old Trafford blocking traffic outside the stadium.

Sean Bones, vice chairman of Shareholders United, said, “The aim is to send a message to the board that Malcolm Glazer will not give away the company books. The banks only give him the money when he gets his hands on the books.

“We hope the board can reflect the strength and determination shown by the fans, the manager and some of the United players in the fight against Malcolm Glazer.”

In May 2005, FC United of Manchester, a breakaway club, was formed, calling the acquisition of Glazers the “last straw”.

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Apparently not and in June 2005 the acquisition was completed. That brought more protests.

On June 30th, the glaziers made their first visits to Old Trafford since taking over and had to leave in police vans because of disgruntled trailers on the ground.

According to the BBC, Bones said: “The Glazer family is Manchester United’s enemy. We find them disgusting and repulsive. They may have captured the club, but they only have it temporarily.

“It may take a long time, maybe two or three years, but we’re showing Glazer that we’re not going to give up. The Glazer brand is toxic and tarnished, uncool and unstylish. Glazer will lose the war. “

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2006 – Love United, Hate Glazer

Love United, Hate Glazer stickers were widely used in away games throughout the 2005-06 season.

In May 2006, they were stuck in Old Trafford after beating Middlesbrough 0-0.

To be clear, United fans were watching a Ferguson-administered squad that included Ronaldo and Rooney plus Paul Scholes, Ryan Giggs and Ruud van Nistelrooy and were still protesting the glasses.

This is not a new response to a new problem.

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2010 – Milan Protests and Red Knights

The club’s debt was £ 716.5 million and the glaziers received £ 10 million in administrative and administrative fees from the club.

It was announced that the club would refinance all of the glaziers’ debts in the form of bonds.

Cristiano Ronaldo was sold at the beginning of the season and replaced by Gabriel Obertan.

In March, United fans held a major protest, including banners around Old Trafford and thousands of green and gold scarves held up by fans.

One was thrown onto the field and picked up and carried by a returning David Beckham.

Joel and Avi Glazer were at Old Trafford that night – a rarity in their own right – and saw firsthand the level of fan dissatisfaction.

By this point, United had won the last three Premier League titles and one of the last two Champions League titles, and had reached the final in the other.

Another reminder: the fans protested and it wasn’t because the team wasn’t up to date.

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This led the Red Knights group, which included former Football League chairman Keith Harris and Goldman Sachs chief economist Jim O’Neill, to buy the club.

They said one of their priorities is to reduce the club’s debt and are ready to bid for £ 1 billion, according to the BBC.

By then, Shareholder United had developed into the Manchester United Supporters Trust, which supported the Red Knights’ proposal.

The glaziers would apparently not have any offers.

2010 & 2019 – Glazers Out planes

In May 2010, some United fans paid for a plane to fly over Old Trafford before the final home game of the season, which made their feelings very clear.

A “Glazers Out” message was sent prior to the 4-0 win over Stoke.

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Another plane was deployed ahead of last season’s first game, another 4-0 win, this time against Chelsea.

Avram Glazer was in attendance this time as fans made their views clear before kick-off.

2019 – Open letter

Two weeks before that Chelsea game, United fans wrote an open letter to the Glazers.

A group called Glazers Out Movement asked club owners five key questions.

It read: “Manchester United fans deserve to know the answers to these questions. Every fan has the right to know the character and behavior of their owners and to challenge them, which is in the best interests of their club.

“Protests against your property have come and gone, but enough is now enough. We’re not going away this time. We will no longer sit in the dark as long as you pretend we don’t exist. “

The letter came after a concerted online protest from #GlazersOut throughout the summer.


2021 – The Super League rekindles the fire

It is clear that the strength of the feeling against the glasses goes deeper than in the Super League.

But it was these doomed proposals that lit the fire and encouraged fans to protest again.

The plans so clearly exposed the glaziers’ greed and willingness to trample on the history and traditions of the club from which they benefit so well.

They also tried to separate the club’s financial compensation from performance on the pitch.

That would have been a dream scenario for the glaziers.

Now they need to invest in the squad to maintain the club’s commercial appeal and keep the money going to participate in the Premier League and Champions League.

But here was the opportunity to pocket £ 300 million a season anyway.

That said, there would be no incentive for them to invest in the team. The Telegraph reported that the salary caps would come next.

They wanted to increase revenue and decrease expenses without worrying about the sporting implications or the history of the club. It has proven to be a catalyst for further unity and protest from fans.

This led to fan protest and the invasion of Old Trafford, which resulted in the game with Liverpool being canceled. The fans have also pledged to boycott all of the team’s sponsors.

Hopefully the momentum will be maintained this time and the glaziers will finally get the message, 17 years after the first fans protested their involvement in the club.

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