BREAKING NEWS: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer announces that he has received a personal apology from Manchester United owners, the Glazers, saying they listen to fans even when they keep silent about angry protests
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has announced that the Glazer family has personally apologized to him for the consequences of the fiasco in the European Super League.
The Manchester United manager condemned the violence that led to Sunday’s game against Liverpool being canceled, saying the protesters “went a step too far”.
But he insisted that the American owners are determined to improve their communication with fans in order to build bridges in the future, despite Avram Glazer refusing to apologize to supporters for attempting to join the breakaway Super League when he was tracked down by a reporter at his Palm Beach home on Tuesday.
Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admitted receiving an apology from the Glazers’ owners under fire (left – Joel, right – Avram)
Solskjaer spoke for the first time since six police officers were injured when an anti-glazer demonstration turned ugly: “I communicated with the owners and apologized personally.
“They all accepted that it came out wrong and that it was wrong.
“You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to see that things have been difficult and need to be addressed.
“It’s a difficult position for me, I have to focus on football, but I have a good relationship with them and they listen to me. They listen to the fans and I am sure there will be communication.
‘We discuss with the fans and communicate with fan groups what will be massive in the future.
Avram Glazer (pictured) refused to apologize to United fans on Tuesday after being tracked down at his Palm Beach home following botched European Super League plans
‘The players did a great job of being where they are and I would be sad if all the good work they did was disrupted.
‘Of course it’s a united football club. To make things grow you need to be patient with them too. I hope that in time we can unite and come together. Friction and challenges are sometimes good and move things forward.
“I had support, was held responsible and am responsible for the results. I know the fans want a team that plays attacking football and wins trophies so that they can identify with them. ‘
A minority of fans ignored Solskjaer’s request to keep the protest peaceful, broke into Old Trafford and took to the field on Sunday.
The Norwegian also confirmed the Sportsmail story that a drunk supporter even walked into the first-team dressing room where nine staff members were preparing for the Liverpool game in the back room.
United fans invaded Old Trafford which resulted in the Liverpool game being postponed
Fans have continued their protests against the club’s owners after the Super League fiasco
“It was a difficult day for us,” he added. “Of course we wanted to play and beat Liverpool.
“We have to listen and hear the voice of the fans. Everyone has the right to protest but must be civilized.
“If you break in and policemen get injured, unfortunately that’s a step too far. When things get out of hand like this, it’s no longer about expressing opinions.
“The right to protest peacefully, everyone has a human right to be heard, but stepping out of line and breaking into dressing rooms is a step too far when it becomes a police matter.”
Solskjaer and his United side are preparing for the second leg against Roma on Thursday