The Glazer family still has big bridges to build in the middle of the Manchester United fan share scheme – Omar Garrick

It would always be good news when Manchester United announced a fan share scheme, but fans need to remember how we got there in the first place.

United confirmed on Monday that they were in advanced negotiations with MUST (Manchester United Supporters Trust) over the new scheme, which would allow fans to start building a stake in the ownership of the club.

How did this happen though? Well, as we have just passed the six month anniversary of the European Super League scandal, we thought we would use this as a reminder of what happened, how we got into this current situation.

The owners of United, the Glazer family, decided to sign up the club for this proposed competition, which would see 12 of the richest clubs in the world break out of the UEFA Champions League and have an Americanized competition to themselves.

United co-owner Joel Glazer even issued a statement expressing his enthusiasm for joining the Super League;

He said: “By bringing together the world’s biggest clubs and players to play against each other throughout the season, the Super League will open a new chapter in European football, ensure world – class competition and facilities and increase financial support for the wider football pyramid.”

Then what happened? Well, there is no other word to describe the situation than ‘outrage’.

Protests outside Stamford Bridge marked the fall of the plans, but that did not stop United supporters from seeing an opportunity to rally and protest against the club’s ownership regime.

United confirmed that they had pulled the plug on any deal, but the statement made made no apology to the fans, nor did it acknowledge the anguish they had caused to many people.

Thousands of fans stormed outside Old Trafford for United’s home game against Liverpool, and some even managed to break into the stadium and crowd pitch. The result? The match was postponed, which was a strong message to United’s hierarchy.

During the reshuffle of the match, there were several demonstrations against the Glazer regime, which showed how angry the fans were. It was a release of built-up emotions that had been hidden away – United have been badly run since their takeover, symbolized by the lack of a Premier League title since Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement.

Fan forum meetings were held, and for the first time in 16 years, Joel Glazer decided to speak on behalf of his family and decisively acknowledged the “need for change” in the club, with “deeper consultations with you as our primary fan board across a number of important topics, including the competitions we play in ”.

Six months after and despite the positive news around the fan stock scheme, there are promises that have not been kept.

Green and gold scarves are still sold on match days outside Old Trafford (Photo by Michael Regan / Getty Images)

Ed Woodward, who played a major role in the European Super League, has still not left the club as CEO, despite United announcing he would do so at the end of the year. There is now talk that he will stay until April and take on a consulting role in the club. That’s not a change, is it?

Then there is the future of Ole Gunnar Solskjær and the confusion surrounding it. United’s manager is under increasing pressure after only picking up two wins from his last six games, but still there has been no statement from the club that neither supports nor fires the manager. Instead, United supporters find themselves in a place like a purgatory, relying on rumors in the media to get updates. It’s not turned on at all.

If one is to believe reports, United do not have a succession plan in place after Solskjær, which is shocking. How can the biggest club in the world not know what to do if things go wrong? It’s a complete mess and fans have not been left in the loop about it.

If United came up with a statement, fans would respect that. Why? For it shows a change. Instead, they leave followers in the unknown, and it’s hard to imagine what their plan really is.

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Plans for shares in the scheme will yield around £ 7.4 million, but where is this money going? To the Glazers or into the club? It also seems that this is a small amount when you consider the value of United as a club, which is said to be in the region of £ 3 billion.

The fan-share scheme is undoubtedly positive for United supporters, but it is clear that there are still more questions than answers.

There is still a lack of clarity on the part of the club on major issues.

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