Old Trafford set for time warp.
After failing to dislodge the club’s owners with their fairly futile ‘green and gold’ campaign, Manchester United supporters are now planning to attempt another coup by staging a fearsome ‘old shirt’ protest.
Various supporters’ groups are backing a move that would involve fans sporting United shirts that pre-date the Glazers’ 2005 takeover (would they even realise what the significance was?) at home games, a sight that would strike fear into the heart of even the stoutest American billionaire. (Who Ate All The Pies)
Will this work? It does seem that a good way to hit the Glazers is to hit the Old Trafford owners in the pocket. So parading around the ground in old shirts may well at least help cut sales of the new kit, which is frankly a pretty disgusting looking design anyway.
Season ticket sales are down on last term but some argue that this is more the effect of the economic downturn than any form of protest against the club’s American owners. Do Man United fans still actively oppose the Glazer family’s involvement with the club? Have MUST’s tactics worked?
Perhaps most importantly, do United fans feel that any protests are having the required effect or are they all just water off a very rich duck’s back?