Manchester United chief executive Richard Arnold has urged the section of supporters that have protested against the Glazer ownership to put their issues to one side in a show of support to new manager Erik ten Hag.
Protests against the Glazer family were common towards the end of the season, despite United creating a new Fans’ Advisory Board to give supporters more of an input in the running of the club. A new group, The 1958, have tried to step up the anti-Glazer sentiment recently.
Arnold was asked about the strength of the animosity towards the Glazers during a recent fans’ forum, and while the chief executive admitted he understands the supporters’ frustrations, he called for unity ahead of this new era.
“Football is a game of passion and we fully respect the fans’ right to make their feelings known, as long as this remains legal and peaceful at all times,” Arnold said.
“I would very much hope that all fans within Old Trafford approach next season with renewed optimism and confidence as we look forward to a fresh start under Erik ten Hag.
“We have the best fans in the world and when Old Trafford is at its loudest, we have a significant advantage against our opponents. I hope this unrivalled passion will be used to support the team and the new manager as we start this exciting new chapter together.”
He continued: “We understand fans are frustrated and want to see change and improvement. I can assure you that we share that frustration very intensely within the club. But we also feel confidence that change is coming because of the action being taken to drive long-term success.
“The appointment of Erik ten Hag was the most visible example of that action, and the most important. Success won’t be achieved overnight but we are determined to get there.”
In the same forum, director John Murtough discussed the process which led them to Ten Hag, describing the Dutchman as the ‘standout candidate’.