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Former Manchester United player labels United protesters as ‘idiots and troublemakers.’

Former Manchester United player  labels United protesters as 'idiots troublemakers.'
Some fans broke into Old Trafford on Sunday to protest against the Glazer family

The former Manchester United goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel has named the demonstrators who broke into Old Trafford on Sunday as ‘idiots and troublemakers’.

Several outraged fans succeeded to get inside United’s legendary ground as part of the wider calls for the much-maligned owners of the club, the Glazers, to step aside in the wake of the European Super League debacle.

Their hatred with years of mismanagement ended in tensions rising at the weekend – and images quickly surfaced of people rising up against the hierarchy on the pitch. Equipment was broken and two police officers were wounded.

In the wake of the event, Schmeichel, an ambassador for the Red Devils, has opted to criticize numbers of protestors by asserting that those who stormed the stadium were not faithful members of the United’s fanbase.

He told CBS Sports:
“I don’t think the die-hard fans were the ones inside the stadium. I think they are idiots, troublemakers. None of them will remember the good times. Some of them weren’t even born when the Glazers took over the club.

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“The die-hard fans, the true fans, keep voicing your opinions, but keep it at a proper level. Don’t be stupid about it. Don’t demand something which is unrealistic. Keep up the pressure, keep up the ideas.

“What we’ve learned from the last two weeks is, if we stand together and we show our opposition to ideas that we don’t agree with, as a massive group, it does have an effect. I think football, not Manchester United, is at a crossroads now.

“There is this incredible opportunity now to change direction. Something that I think it has needed for a long, long, long time.”

The ugly uproars began with the mass demonstration against the Glazer family in full swing. The crowd was largely advertised across social media several days before as calls for change at the very top of the club continue to increase.

But despite the vocal objection to the United ownership, Schmeichel maintains that a new buyer will not be found easily due to the sheer costs required – and has urged supporters to work with the Glazers instead.

“The club will be, I don’t know, three, four, five billion dollars? Who’s got that kind of money to buy the football club?” Schmeichel added.

“If you look at potential buyers, are they going to make it much better? Is it going to be different? There are examples, but they never bought in at that price tag.

“I would much rather that we work with the Glazers, because I think there is a willingness within the family. Work with the Glazers to make this football club what this football club is supposed to be.

“I think everyone feels that the Glazer family is a little bit too detached from the club. They are there now and again, but they are not there every week. You never see Joel Glazer come out in front of the cameras and talk about the club, and I think that frustrates the fans a lot.

“We have this ownership, but from the outside, it looks like the owners don’t care, that it is just about money. I don’t think that’s completely the case. I think they are very proud of their ownership of Manchester United. I just think there is a need now for a restructuring of how it’s being operated.”

Schmeichel, who played for the Red Devils within 1991 and 1999, is now a global ambassador for the club – and the fact that he is on the salary and justified the Glazers has resulted in heavy criticism from supporters.

United fanzine Red Issue, who played a prominent role in building up the protest, shared a clip of Schmeichel speaking on Good Morning Britain on Twitter and bluntly labeled him a ‘clueless d***’.

It has since surfaced that United may be facing a points deduction after they failed to fulfill their encounter with Liverpool. Both the Premier League and Football Association are investigating the matter.

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