ANGRY Manchester United fans have sent an open letter to the Glazer family demanding answers about their ownership of the club.
The scathing letter was posted on Twitter and included five key questions which led to the #FiveKeyQuestions hashtag going viral and becoming the top trend in the UK on Twitter.
Since purchasing a controlling stake in the club in 2005 the Glazers have faced widespread criticism and protest among Red Devils fans.
And the two page letter – similar to one recently written by Arsenal fans to their board – made those feelings clear in emphatic fashion.
‘CLUB IN DECLINE’
It opened with: “14 years is a long time in football.
“In 2005, when you bought this club we were the pre-eminent force in English football…
“Today we are a club in decline.”
The letter went on to question Ed Woodward’s ‘pay rise of almost 60 per cent’, the amount of debt against the club and the belief fans ‘no longer feel like a football club but a business instead’ before detailing the ‘Five Key Questions’.
#FiveKeyQuestions included in Man Utd fans' open letter to Glazers
– Just £44m of original debt cleared since it was placed on the club. What are your plans to clear the debt in a suitable, realistic timeframe?
– Ed Wooward received a pay rise of almost 60 per cent from £2.604m to £4.152m. Given the obvious failure on the football side during his six-year-tenure on what basis was that raise given?
– Since 2005, over £750m has been spent on servicing the debt alone. What are the plans to reduce those fees over the coming years?
– Shares in MUFC have raised around £452m since being floated on the NYSE in 2012. Can you detail how much of that has been invested back into the club (if any)?
– Has there been any progress made in the search for a director of football? If so, what will be their role and will they have any power to make decisions?
The letter signed off: “Our successes go hand in hand with our hardships. Not only do we always endure, we always thrive. It’s in our DNA, you are not. Signed, Millions of concerned Manchester United fans.”
United fans have used green and gold scarves as form of protest against the Glazers in recent years.
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And some on Twitter were quick to back this latest chapter in the saga that saw #GlazersOut trending online too.
One posted: “This isn’t just a protest anymore, this is wanting our club, our DNA back. Get out of our club.”
While another added:It’s time to face the reality. They must come forward and admit the gross lack of interest and passion towards the club. We are not a cash cow. Leave our club alone.”