26 Sep ‘Glazers Out’ banner flown over Tampa stadium
A group of Manchester United supporters based in the United States have flown a banner reading “Glazers Out” over the Raymond James Stadium in Florida.
The banner was seen over the stadium ahead of the Monday Night Football game between the Philadelphia Eagles and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers — the NFL franchise owned by the Glazer family, who also own Premier League giants United
The banner was organised by Manchester United supporters groups based in Pittsburgh and Tampa with footage of the aeroplane and its message shared online.
🚨 EXCLUSIVE:#MUFC fans from the Pittsburgh & Tampa supporters groups organised a banner to fly above the Raymond James Stadium where the Glazers owned, Tampa Bay Buccaneers played this evening.
— United World (@UnitedWorldFans) September 25, 2023
The move is the latest protest against United’s owners by fans who are keen for them to sell the club.
The Glazer family, who have owned United since 2005, announced last November they were considering “all strategic alternatives, including new investment into the club, a sale, or other transactions.”
This led to bids being lodged by prospective buyers, but despite receiving several offers, the Glazer family are still yet to make a final decision on whether to sell their stake in the club.
United have failed to win the Premier League since legendary former manager Sir Alex Ferguson retired in 2013, with their last Champions League success coming in 2008.
Former Ajax boss Erik ten Hag was appointed as the club’s new head coach last year. United won the Carabao Cup in Ten Hag’s first season in charge and reached the FA Cup final while securing Champions League football with a third-place finish in the league.
However, United have endured a difficult start to the new season, losing three out of their first six Premier League games.
The United manager’s problems have been exacerbated by several off-field issues.
Brazil winger Antony has agreed to a leave of absence from the club in order to address accusations of abuse made by three women, while fellow winger Jadon Sancho is training away from the first team group following a public spat with the Dutch head coach.