The chief executive overseeing Manchester United’s operations, home was attacked by a mob of angry fans. Manchester United chief, Ed Woodward has been under public scrutiny in the past few months. Angry fans worldwide have protested against Woodward, with some believing the best option is for him to leave the club. While it may seem that some may want him to leave, some fans have decided to take things up a notch by targeting his home with flares.
Fans described the chief as selfish and unfit to lead the club. Ahead of Wednesday’s Carabao Cup semi-final second leg against Manchester City, some 20-30 men were believed to have attacked his home. Sources claim the fences of his Cheshire home were lit up with flares and graffiti were decorated at the entrance of his home.
A club source confirmed that the chief’s home was indeed the subject of attack. The club also confirmed that Woodward and his family were away at the time of the incident. No casualties were recorded.
As news broke, concerned fans condemn the action on social media, as the club are due to make a statement. United which is expected to condemn the actions, are also expected to take up formal legal action against the perpetrators.
In recent weeks, there have been unsettlement at the club. From fans chanting vulgar language at matches, to fans being furious about the running of the club. This comes as the campaign under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer “at the wheel” has seem to have fallen off in recent weeks. Frustrated as they are, fans were condemned for their distasteful chants which included “death to the Glazers” and “burn Woodward on a bonfire.”
Some of the most recent complaints are United’s inadequacy to bring in new players. Over several weeks a few players such as Bruno Fernandes have been linked to the club. With Rashford set for spell on the sidelines, fans would have thought United’s top priority would be to find a new replacement and as soon as possible.
In a statement released by the club, United said: “Manchester United Football Club have tonight been made aware of the incident outside the home of one of our employees.”
“We know that the football world will unite behind us as we work with Greater Manchester Police to identify the perpetrators of this unwarranted attack.”
“Anybody found guilty of a criminal offence, or found to be trespassing on this property, will be banned for life by The Club and may face prosecution. Fans expressing opinion is one thing, criminal damage and intent to endanger life is another. There is simply no excuse for this.”
An estimate of 20-30 people are believed to have carried out the attack. The men, who belong to a infamous hooligan society knows as “Men In Black” are expected to be behind the attack. Videos circulating on social media show at east one red flare being thrown over the gate of the chief executive home. The video also showed red pint being splurged on the property as well.
Many players and Journalist have spoken out against the incident, in support of Woodward. A game should not deflect over into ones personnel life and cause violence.
During the side’s 2-0 defeat to Burnley last week at Old Trafford, United fans chanted about killing Woodward and the Glazer family. United owners are expected to get things under wraps and put an end to the public scrutiny they have been receiving.
United are currently 5th on the Premiere League table and fans are hoping they can finish top 4 by the end of the season.