The Manchester United manager was reacting to Sunday’s protests that saw their match against Liverpool being postponed.
Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer believes the behaviour of some fans in Sunday’s protests went too far. He was referring to the protests that saw their match against Liverpool being postponed after fans gained access to the Old Trafford pitch. Fans’ unhappiness at the Glazers was heightened by the decision to join the now-defunct European Super League. Accepting that its’ everyone right to protest, Solskjaer feels it has to be carried out in a civilised manner.
“It was a difficult day for us,” said Solskjaer. “We wanted to play and beat Liverpool for the fans. Our job has to be [focusing] on getting good results. As I said before the game, we have to listen, we have to hear the fans’ voice. It’s everyone’s right to protest but it has to be in a peaceful and civilised manner.”
“Unfortunately, when you break in and when a police officer gets scarred for life, that’s one step too far. When it gets out of hand it’s a police matter, it’s not about showing your opinions anymore.”
Solskjaer also revealed that he has been communicating with the owners and has received a personal apology. When asked whether the Glazer family should be talking to the fans directly, Solskjaer replied, “I’ve been communicating with the owners, I’ve got an apology personally, they have started communication between individuals other than me and fans.”
“It’s a difficult position to be in for me, this, I have to focus on the football. I’ve always had a good relationship and they listen to me and they do listen to the fans. I’m sure there will be better communication coming.”
After beating Roma 6-2 last week at Old Trafford, Manchester United are in a comfortable position in the Europa League semi-final second leg. Solskjaer is now keen to reach the final on Thursday night.
“I’ve been put in charge and I’m responsible for results and football matters,” he added. “I understand fans want to see results and trophies and we’re hoping they can see this team is going places and moving forward.”
“Hopefully they can see the process we”re in. Hopefully we can get to a final tomorrow, that’s the short-term fix and then we’ll have to take it from there.”