Man Utd protests against Glazers in 2005 included bodyguards and police choppers

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Manchester United fans stormed the Old Trafford pitch in a shocking protest against the Glazers on Sunday afternoon – but it’s nothing the controversial owners haven’t seen before.

United’s clash with Liverpool was postponed as a result of the protests, which saw supporters break into Old Trafford and spark chaotic scenes prior to the game.

The Glazers have always been deeply unpopular figures since taking over in 2005, but agreeing to join the doomed European Super League last month has left their relationship with fans at breaking point.

While the Red Devils faithful are hoping their actions will drive them out of the club, though, Joel and Avram Glazer came through much worse upon arrival in Manchester.

As recalled by The Athletic, the numbers were even larger when United fans protested directly after the Glazers took control of their club in 2005.

While chanting “we can do this every week”, supporters clashed with police as the Glazers arrived in a car with blacked-out windows, a posse of bodyguards and police-escort motorcycles.

A police helicopter was also seen hovering above the protests, while dog handlers were also needed on the forecourt to ensure things didn’t get any further out of hand on the day.

It’s fair to say they didn’t receive a warm welcome at Old Trafford 16 years ago, with fans soon launching a green-and-gold campaign against the Glazers supported by club legend David Beckham, who was spotted wearing a green-and-gold scarf.

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  • Nevertheless, in the 16 years that have followed Joel and Avram have been regular visitors to the stadium and often join the team on foreign excursions.

    The protests did not faze them all the way back then, meaning it will be difficult for United fans to convince them to finally sell up this summer.

    Former Man City defender Danny Mills doesn’t expect them to cash out at Old Trafford, saying: “They are so far removed from this situation it's not a huge problem; they will look at it and go well it's a minority, it's very, very, few people.”

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