Manchester United supporters have hit out at Graeme Souness after he questioned the Old Trafford protests by defending the Glazer ownership at the club.
Ahead of United’s Premier League clash against Liverpool on Sunday, fans of the home side met up outside the ground with some even forcing their way onto the pitch.
Using banners and flares, fans once again made their discontent clear, but it has been questioned by Souness who has mentioned the spending of the Glazers.
The response has been a baffled one on Twitter, with many pointing at the dividends taken out of the club as well as the net debt that has grown in recent seasons.
Souness said regarding the protests on Sky Sports: “I don’t think it will (have an impact). The Glazers, since Fergie retired, have given successive managers over a billion pound to spend.
“I think it’s £719million net spend over the eight years. I think it’s born out of United not being top dogs as much as what happened last week, I think that’s another excuse to have a go at them.
“These are serious, serious business people, I don’t think this will impact on their thoughts. I really don’t.
“We live in a country where you can demonstrate, you can vent your feelings, you’re allowed to do it, but I still don’t see it impacting on the Glazers one little bit.
“If you think you can bring serious pressure to serious business people who live 3,000 miles away, across the Atlantic, that it will drive them to accept a discounted offer for Manchester United, that will not happen.
“They’ve had to put collateral in, you don’t just go to the bank and say I want to buy Manchester United, I’ll need £500million or however much it costs to buy, without committing some sort of collateral.
“They’ve risked things to buy Manchester United, since then, they’ve given successive managers fortunes to spend. 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.”
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One fan said in response: “Souness completely wrong there.”
Before adding: “Protests always have been going on, year after year. Just doesn't get the bigger picture unless he's not letting on.”
A second said: “Glazers have not invested one penny into the football club and “pundits” like Souness are saying that they have given money to buy players.”
A third continued: “He knows what United without Glazer ownership would be like and cant have that. So he's spewing all this b*******.”
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