Man United Fans Applaud Bayern Protest in Champions League.
Manchester United aficionados extended their commendations to the Bayern Munich faithful for orchestrating a protest during their Champions League encounter. The Red Devils faced a disheartening exit from the competition, succumbing to a 1-0 defeat against the German champions at Old Trafford.
In contrast to Erik ten Hag’s contingent, the supporters of Manchester United demonstrated a commendable presence on Tuesday night. The local enthusiasts made their voices heard, responding to taunts directed at United’s players by reminding the away section of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s iconic late winner in the 1999 Champions League final.
Notably, the two clubs found common ground in their shared discontent: the disdain for the Glazer family. As the match commenced, Bayern fans unfurled two banners. One emphatically declared, ‘Twenty is plenty,’ while the other succinctly stated, ‘£50 Glazers overkill.’ The Bundesliga stalwarts frequently carry their protests about ticket prices beyond their domestic borders in Europe.
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Simultaneously, supporters of Manchester United, known for their palpable dissatisfaction with their majority owners, responded to the banners with applause and vocalized their collective stance, chanting, ‘We want the Glazers out.’
The Glazers have been the subject of criticism at Old Trafford ever since assuming control, utilizing £500 million in debt for a £790 million acquisition in 2005. The desire for their departure has grown among supporters, particularly amidst the team’s gradual decline on the pitch since the departure of the legendary manager Sir Alex Ferguson in 2013.
Anticipation for a change in ownership seemed imminent until recent developments, as the Glazers opted for a minority investment from Sir Jim Ratcliffe rather than a complete sale. Ratcliffe is set to acquire a 25% shareholding stake for a substantial sum of £1.25 billion, with confirmation expected imminently.