Boris Johnson comments on Man Utd fan protest at Old Trafford
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Jamie Carragher has torn into Graeme Souness following his comments on Manchester United fans, whose protests on Sunday saw their game against Liverpool at Old Trafford get postponed.
Around 10,000 supporters gathered outside of Old Trafford to voice their discontent against United’s owners, the Glazers.
Some fans broke into the stadium and ran on the pitch, while other congregated outside of the team’s hotel which made it impossible for them to get to the ground.
Souness claimed that the fans were unhappy with on-pitch performances as the club have failed to win the Premier League since Sir Alex Ferguson retired in 2013.
“I think it’s born out of United not being top dogs as much as what happened last week,” Souness said.
“It’s only since Fergie stopped that the success has stopped and I think that irritates supporters and they have become the focus of their anger. I think it’s slightly misdirected.”
However, Carragher blasted his fellow Sky Sports pundit for not ‘knowing what is going on’.
“I really want to get this message across. This is not the European Super League for me,” Carragher said on Monday Night Football.
“When we had the six clubs, we spoke about this a couple of weeks ago, the supporters who really felt this more and marched on stadiums are Manchester United and Arsenal – that’s because they had a huge problem with their owners before this.
“This was the tipping point. Other supporters are very angry with their owners, but don’t necessarily want them out. I think it’s different for these two clubs, because of that.
“I think we have got to get away from that (the ESL). I’ve listened to a lot this morning and I watched other things. I’ve got no problem with people having a different point of view or a different opinion from me, because it’s nuanced what happened yesterday. But get the facts. Please, when you are going to talk about this, know what’s going on.”
Carragher added: “This talk of Manchester United fans only doing this because they are not challenging for the top honours… Supporters formed another club – FC United. That was at the height of this when it started.
“The green and gold campaign was in 2010, I think, when David Beckham came back to the club. The year before that, they were in the Champions League final.
“The year after they were in the Champions League final. So let’s not… lazy punditry. That’s what I call it.
“If you’re going to speak about something and you’re going to speak about something passionately – and you can have your opinion – back it up with the facts.
“This is nothing to do with where Manchester United are in the league. Yes, there’s been a decline, obviously, but this campaign has been going on for a long, long time, from when Manchester United were very, very successful.
“So let’s not accuse Manchester United fans of just throwing the toys out the pram because they’re not competing with [Manchester] City or in the Champions League, whatever it may be. That is absolute nonsense.”
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