Manchester United fans protest outside Old Trafford as Super League backlash continues - in pictures

Fans voice discontent with American owners ahead of trip to Leeds

Manchester United fans protested against the club's American owners outside Old Trafford as the row over the collapse of a proposed breakaway European Super League rumbles on.

United were one of 12 clubs to initially sign up to the planned ESL, only to withdraw within 48 hours after a backlash from their own players and fans, as well as governments and football's governing bodies.

The club's executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward announced he would be leaving his role by the end of the year amid the fallout.

United are not in action until Sunday, when they travel to Leeds, but fans still gathered outside the club's stadium to make their voices heard on Saturday.

The Glazer family have owned United since a controversial leveraged takeover in 2005 saddled the club with hundreds of millions worth of debt.

As the English giants have paid off huge interest payments, amounting to over £800 million ($1.1 billion), in the last 16 years, the Glazers have still regularly drawn out dividends from their shares.

United fans wore green and gold colours to matches early in the Glazers reign, the colours of Newton Heath, the club founded in 1878 that eventually became Manchester United 24 years later.

Green and gold scarves and flares were back at Old Trafford on Saturday, while there were a number of banners aimed at the Glazers and Woodward.

There has also been huge protests outside Arsenal and Chelsea's stadiums ahead of matches in the Premier League this week.

However, there was a more subdued atmosphere ahead of Liverpool's 1-1 draw against Newcastle on Saturday with Merseyside Police estimating just 150 fans were in attendance outside Anfield.

Liverpool are also in the hands of American ownership through John Henry's Fenway Sports Group (FSG).

Updated: April 25, 2021 02:05 PM

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