Man Utd fans plan elaborate stunt to protest against Ed Woodward

Rob McCarthy

Manchester United supporters have paid to hire a plane and fly it with a banner in protest at executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward and the club’s management.

The banner – which will read ‘Ed Out – LUHG’ – will be flown over Turf Moor before United’s away game at Burnley, which takes place a week on Saturday.

According to the Daily Telegraph, United fans had originally planned to fly the aircraft before the Tottenham game at Old Trafford on Monday night, but fading light by the 8pm kick-off means that will not be feasible.

United fans flew a plane over Old Trafford back in 2014 to protest against the management of David Moyes, who was then sacked the following month after his results failed to improve.

United fans initially protested vociferously against the Glazer ownership, sporting green-and-gold scarves and chanting against the club’s new management.

However, those protests have since quietened down over time.

The latest frustration comes after United failed to give Jose Mourinho the transfer targets he wanted this summer, with Woodward also receiving criticism from former United favourite Gary Neville.

“It’s painful to think how it’s played out these last five or six years,” Neville said.

“If Ed Woodward was going to doubt Jose Mourinho, then the time to be doubting him was last January.

“The minute he gave Jose Mourinho a contract extension – which some would say was unnecessary part way through a season – he had to then buy him the centre-backs.

“He had to get him Maguire, he had to get him Alderweireld, because they wouldn’t have made those mistakes at Brighton.”

United chiefs, meanwhile, are reportedly growing increasingly concerned that Mourinho is heading for a huge meltdown – with the exit of Rui Faria credited as a key factor. Read the full story here…

 

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