Graeme Souness blasted the ‘fool’ Manchester United followers who ‘may have killed somebody’ throughout the protests inside Outdated Trafford yesterday.
Quite a few indignant supporters broke into the stadium on Sunday afternoon as they vented their fury in opposition to the membership’s house owners, the Glazers.
The Glazers have been one of many architects of the controversial European Tremendous League plans, that rapidly collapsed amid a backlash.
Joel Glazer issued a grovelling apology, however an already fractured relationship seems past restore.
Supporters protested exterior Outdated Trafford earlier than their scheduled conflict with Liverpool yesterday, with some managing to get contained in the stadium.
The sport was postponed attributable to security considerations with protests additionally occurring exterior the crew resort that prevented them from travelling to the bottom.
Higher Manchester Police launched a press release condemning the actions of a minority that threw flares and bottles at officers, that left one with a slash wound throughout his face.
There have been additionally ugly scenes exterior the stadium because the temper turned hostile.
Flares and bottles have been additionally aimed in direction of the Sky Sports activities pundits on the floor who have been prepared for the Man United vs Liverpool sport.
Sky pundit Graeme Souness mentioned somebody ‘may have been killed’ if hit by a projectile.
He added: “Let’s be sincere, somebody threw a flare as much as this stage at present. If it hit certainly one of us, we’d be within the hospital and scarred.
“Somebody threw a bottle of beer up right here. If that hits you the improper place, you possibly can have been killed!’
“A child was killed in Cardiff by a flare. I’m not criticising Man United supporters en masse, however you can not underplay that.
“That (flare) may have marked somebody for all times. We’re sitting right here saying it’s proper they’re demonstrating however a village fool may have killed somebody right here at present.”
The previous Liverpool hero additionally then went on to defend the Glazers and believes that the protests from disgruntled followers are ‘misguided’.
“I don’t suppose it’ll (have an effect). The Glazers, since Fergie retired, have given successive managers over a billion pound to spend. I believe it’s £719million internet spend over the eight years,” Souness mentioned.
“I believe it’s born out of United not being prime canine as a lot as what occurred final week, I believe that’s one other excuse to have a go at them. These are critical, critical enterprise folks, I don’t suppose it will impression on their ideas. I actually don’t.
“We stay in a rustic the place you may show, you may vent your emotions, you’re allowed to do it, however I nonetheless don’t see it impacting on the Glazers one little bit.
“When you suppose you may carry critical strain to critical enterprise individuals who stay 3,000 miles away, throughout the Atlantic, that it’ll drive them to just accept a reduced provide for Manchester United, that won’t occur.
“They’ve needed to put collateral in, you don’t simply go to the financial institution and say I need to purchase Manchester United, I’ll want £500million or nevertheless a lot it prices to purchase, with out committing some type of collateral.
“They’ve risked issues to purchase Manchester United, since then, they’ve given successive managers fortunes to spend. It’s solely since Fergie stopped that the success has stopped and I believe that irritates supporters and so they have turn out to be the main focus of their anger. I believe it’s barely misdirected.”
Danny Murphy was in settlement with Souness on a lot of factors and backed him up on talkSPORT on Monday.
Talking on White and Jordan, he mentioned: “One in every of his nice factors, I believed, was sure two weeks in the past we had a revolt in opposition to the Tremendous League, however what he was speaking about was that if Manchester United’s recruitment had been higher and so they’d had success from 2013, would we be seeing this?
“Would we be seeing this in the event that they received the league two years in the past and have been within the Champions League last?”
Gary Neville, nevertheless, vehemently disagreed with Souness as he backed United followers’ anger in direction of the Glazers within the wake of the failed Euro Tremendous League plans.
“This can be a consequence of the Manchester United house owners’ actions two weeks in the past. There’s a basic mistrust and dislike of the house owners, however they weren’t protesting two or three weeks in the past,” Neville mentioned of the protests.
“My view is kind of merely that they’re going to make a fortune in the event that they promote the membership and in the event that they have been to place it up on the market now I believe the time could be proper, and it might be the honourable factor to do.
“There’s large discontent, not simply throughout Manchester United followers, however I believe for soccer followers up and down the nation and I believe they’re simply saying sufficient is sufficient.
“The Glazer household have been resilient and cussed for a lot of, a few years. I believe they’re struggling to satisfy the monetary calls for that this membership wants and have achieved for a while.
“We haven’t received a league right here at Manchester United for eight years. The land across the floor is undeveloped, dormant and derelict whereas each different membership appears to be growing the amenities and the fan expertise.
“All soccer followers ought to unite at present behind what Manchester United followers have achieved at present as a result of what occurred two weeks in the past was actually harmful for English soccer.”