In the wake of fans’ protest at the Old Trafford that resulted in the postponement of the Manchester United’s Premier League match with Liverpool last weekend, the Glazer family said it is ready to have a discussion with fans.
The clubs co-owner, Joel Glazer, in a response to four demands by the club’s supporters’ trust, apologized for United’s behaviour around the scrapped European Super League concept.
“I want to reassure you that my family and I care deeply about Manchester United and feel a profound sense of responsibility to protect and enhance its strength for the long term, while respecting its values and traditions,” he said.
According to reports, the letter was a culmination of intense discussions within the club throughout the week and has been told there is a deep belief the Glazer family are committed to change. The priority will be to set up a meeting between Glazer and the Fans’ Forum as soon as the season is over.
The meeting is expected to come up after Manchester United’s Europa League final match against Villarreal on May 26.
The supporters had among others demanded for appointment of independent directors to the board, and also want the club to work with supporters on a fan share scheme and consult season-ticket holders on any significant changes at the club.
In his 16-paragraph letter, Glazer said: “We believe in the principle of fans owning shares in the club. We have previously engaged with the Manchester United Supporters’ Trust on fan share ownership and we want to continue and accelerate those discussions, together with provisions to enhance associated fan consultation.”
In addition, he committed to working with former Sports Minister Tracy Crouch on the fan-led review of football governance, which some observers feel will deliver the kind of changes many supporters have been looking for.
The letter comes at the end of a turbulent few weeks at Old Trafford, which has overshadowed what has turned into a decent season on the pitch, with a likely second-place Premier League finish and a Europa League final.