Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is reportedly unhappy with Gary Neville for his role in riling up the club’s supporters following Sunday’s protests at Old Trafford.
The Premier League fixture against Liverpool was postponed until May 13 after fans broke onto the pitch at Old Trafford in response to the failed European Super League plans.
Solskjaer, 48, said he received a personal apology from United’s owners, the Glazer family, adding that while supporters have every right to protest, they must be carried out “in a civilised manner.”
The Daily Mail reported Solskjaer and his coaching staff are particularly upset that their meeting with Liverpool was pushed back, meaning they’ll play four fixtures in the next seven days.
The Norwegian said: “When it becomes a police matter that's not nice and it has not been helped by certain individuals. I have to say that's another part of it, that's your (the media's) end of it.”
Neville — who made 599 appearances during a 19-year career with United — was part of Sky Sports’ broadcast from Old Trafford while Sunday’s protests took place.
The 46-year-old interacted with some of those supporters alongside fellow pundit Jamie Carragher, as well as a police officer whose face was scarred during the break-in.
The Glazers — who took a controlling stake in United in 2005 — were purported as one of the primary characters in pushing for the breakaway European Super League. Six Premier League outfits in total were drafted to be part of the competition’s 12 ‘founding’ clubs.
Neville later told Sky the owners should “put it (the club) up for sale” and sympathised with those supporters who’d like to see the Glazers leave: “This is a consequence of the Manchester United owners' actions two weeks ago. There is a general distrust and dislike of the owners, but they weren't protesting two or three weeks ago.
“The Glazer family are struggling to meet the financial requirements at this club and the fans are saying that their time is up.”
Solskjaer’s side are on track to finish second in the Premier League, while they’re also on the verge of reaching the Europa League final after beating Roma 6-2 in their semi-final first leg.
United’s revised fixture list sees them play their last four league games this season across a 12-day window. The Europa League final in Gdansk, Poland, is slated for May 26, three days after they end their domestic campaign away to Wolverhampton Wanderers.
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