It is now over six months ago that Manchester United fans forced the club’s match against Liverpool to be postponed due to protests over Glazers’ ownership of the club.
The protests came in the wake of the club’s support for the controversial European Super League and were the culmination of more than ten years of growing dissatisfaction with how the Glazers have functioned since their 2005 acquisition of United.
While the Glazers subsequently issued an apology and the club had a conspicuous summer transfer window where people like Cristiano Ronaldo, Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane arrived at Old Trafford, a new survey has shown that fans are still fiercely opposed to the Reds’ ownership.
As part of our Fans’ Forum survey, we asked United fans if they were happy with the club’s ownership, and 66.6 per cent of respondents said they were not.
A further 8.8% of fans said they were unsure of their feelings towards the Glazers, with 24.5% in support of United owners.
The results reflect the current mood among United fans, with a small group of supporters using the current international break to protest against the Glazers at Old Trafford last weekend.
Elsewhere in the survey, we asked fans across the country and the football pyramid about their views on various issues currently affecting the game.
As the recent takeover of Newcastle United by Saudi Arabia’s public investment fund created a lot of controversy due to the country’s record of human rights and a seemingly unlimited pot of money, we asked fans if they felt the deal was good for football.
Interestingly, an overwhelming 84.4% of supporters argued for the deal, with only 7.3% believing it was bad for the game and a further 8.3% admitting they were unsure.
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A large majority of fans believe that the authorities and social media companies are not doing enough to stamp hatred, prejudice and abuse out of the game.
Only 33% of fans believe that enough is being done to prevent abuse in the game, with plenty of players across the divisions suffering from abuse, such as racism.
With lots of debate about the current schedule in football, we asked fans if they thought the players were overworked – and the results were again quite crucial.
When asked whether they agree with the statement that “footballers are overworked and play too many matches in one season”, 63.7% of fans disagreed, while only 36.2% supported the statement.
Perhaps it added that only 12.7% of fans said that the Premier League should shrink from 20 clubs down to 18 – a proposal that was first revealed in the controversial Project Big Picture plans put forward by EFL chairman Rick Parry in collaboration with the owners of Man United and Liverpool.
Fans’ belief that footballers are not overworked is the kind of response that will give food for thought to the powers that be in control of the game, especially with FIFA’s proposal for a World Cup every two years.
Still, fans did not even support the governing bodies.
Only 12.5% of fans expressed their belief that the governing bodies have the best interests of the game in mind, with a further 13.6% unsure.
That got 73.9% of fans to reveal that they do not believe that the governing bodies have the best interests of the game at heart.
In terms of the World Cup, 71.2% of supporters argued that next year’s tournament should be moved from Qatar after controversy over the country’s human rights issues.
A further 7.2% admitted that they were unsure of the issue and 21.6% of supporters thought the tournament should stay in Qatar.
As the recent Cop26 conference in Glasgow showed, one of the biggest problems facing humanity at the moment is climate change, and we asked fans if they felt the clubs were doing enough to combat the problem.
After the Premier League’s first net-zero match in September between Chelsea and Spurs, 38.8% of fans thought the clubs were doing enough to tackle climate change – although 61.2% claimed more could be done.
Ole Gunnar Solskjær is back under pressure as Manchester United manager. The Reds’ victory at Tottenham was quickly forgotten as they fell to a dismal 2-0 defeat in the Manchester derby, and saw the vultures circle around the Norwegian again.
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Elsewhere, with plans to try out a secure position in English football, 64.1% of fans supported the introduction of the concept, with only 17.8% against the idea.
Several fans were against the idea of returning alcohol to the stands, with 64.9% saying it was a bad idea.
When 6.4% of the fans admitted that they were unsure of the question, it meant that 28.6% of the respondents expressed their support for the idea.
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