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Roy Keane & Others Backs United Supporter Protest At Old Trafford

Roy Keane & Others Backs United Supporter Protest At Old Trafford

Nobody wants to see supporters storming onto a pitch ahead of a big Premier League game, but the reaction to the Manchester United fan protest at Old Trafford this afternoon says a lot about where football has gone in recent times.

The majority of onlookers seemed to back the protest on social media, something that was also the case for many of those inside the ground.

The Sky Sports punditry and commentary teams were already inside Old Trafford when the fans came into the ground, and while it may have been a daunting experience at first, the likes of Roy Keane, Jamie Carragher, and Gary Neville had little issue with what they were trying to achieve.

Between the failed Super League proposal and what they view as the poor running of the club, it's clear they have had enough of the Glazers as owners.

Speaking on Sky Sports, Roy Keane said he has '100 per cent' sympathy with the actions of the United fans.

Yeah, 100 per cent. I think it's come to a tipping point for the United fans.

It was peaceful, I think they threw one or two bottles and a couple of flares, I think that was towards Jamie to be fair! I think they've had enough, enough is enough for these United fans.

United have got some of the best fans in the world, a huge club. We've seen today that it's coming to an end, they're thinking enough is enough with the ownership of the club with the stuff over the last few weeks.

There's stuff with the Super League, not being able to support the club here. Enough is enough now and the United fans want the Glazers out.

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This was a sentiment shared by Jamie Carragher.

He admitted that while we all want to see this game played as scheduled, he could have no complaints about what the Manchester United supporters did this afternoon.

I'm a Liverpool supporter in this stadium as Manchester United fans come up passed me, but I do think this situation that we're in, football rivalry goes out the window with this.

It has been peaceful and no problems in the stadium, I'm not sure about outside the stadium. It's been a peaceful protest.

They're very unhappy, not just with their owners in terms of buying a striker or players in the summer, but I think as supporters with how they've been treated at this club and how the Glazers have gone about it, the money they're taking out of the club.

The frustration comes from that and it's been heightened by the Super League. Yes, we all want to see a game of football and we don't want to see any trouble, but I don't want to stand here and have a go at Manchester United supporters...

I would not have a go at any Manchester United fan as long as its peaceful as a protest, we don't want to see any trouble, but I can't have a go at them.

Football means a lot to people up and down this country, Manchester as much as anybody. It's a peaceful protest and the ownership only have themselves to blame.

We certainly haven't heard the last of this...

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