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fan power Roy Keane with a warning to Manchester United's owners as fans launch fresh Glazer protest

More fans protest at Old Trafford but this time the game went ahead

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Soccer Football - Premier League - Manchester United v Liverpool - Old Trafford, Manchester, Britain - May 13, 2021 Manchester United fans with flares protest against their owners outside the stadium before the match REUTERS/Molly Darlington

Soccer Football - Premier League - Manchester United v Liverpool - Old Trafford, Manchester, Britain - May 13, 2021 Manchester United fans with flares protest against their owners outside the stadium before the match REUTERS/Molly Darlington

Soccer Football - Premier League - Manchester United v Liverpool - Old Trafford, Manchester, Britain - May 13, 2021 Manchester United fans with flares protest against their owners outside the stadium before the match REUTERS/Molly Darlington

Roy Keane has warned Manchester United's owners that the fans calling for an end to their continued ownership of the club will not be silenced, after a fresh wave of protests.

Protesting United fans forced the postponement of the game between United and Liverpool at Old Trafford earlier this month and there were fresh gatherings of fans prior to the re-arranged game on Thursday night.

That sparked former United captain Keane to suggest the supporters are now demanding change, as he suggested they will do anything they can to force the removal of the Glazers family from the ownership of the club.

"I wouldn’t underestimate the United supporters regarding this," Keane told Sky Sports. "The damage that they’re doing to the brand will hurt the club financially and if that’s the only way they can get at the owner.

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Roy Keane was critical of Liverpool (Nick Potts/PA)

Roy Keane was critical of Liverpool (Nick Potts/PA)

Roy Keane was critical of Liverpool (Nick Potts/PA)

"They want to support the team, but United fans are frustrated. It’s been building for a number of years. We said a couple of weeks ago that this was the tipping point but I wouldn’t underestimate the United fans. I think there’s more to come."

Keane's former United team-mate Gary Neville suggested there is no way back for the Glazers at Old Trafford, even if they allow fan representation on the board.

"The fans don't trust the ownership and they don’t feel like they are going to deliver on the promises that have been made, but also the regulation and the fan-led review that Ian referred to is absolutely critical," Neville told Sky Sports.

"What we have at the moment is a Manchester United fan base which is wound up more than it’s ever been before, back in 2010 and 2005, and you’ve got football fans all over the country who have been wound up in the last few weeks.

"I think what the Glazer family and the other owners of the other five clubs actually demonstrated was that the danger to their own clubs isn’t just contained to their own clubs, they’re actually willing to damage every football fan in this country.

"I think that has created the anger and resurfaced the anger in the last few weeks, so there are a number of different facets to that interview in terms of points that were made. Do I think that the Glazer family will give up a controlling interest to the point whereby they are led by fans?

"No, I don’t, I don’t think they will ever do that, I think they would sell before that came in, but the regulation that could be imposed upon football, fingers crossed, in the next few months by the Government, could mean that the owners have to look at football clubs in different ways.

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"What the fans are asking for is a vote that matters, ultimately, that will be something that will be looked at within the fan-led review. Independent directors, look, Joel Glazer has said in the last week that he’s going to communicate with fans and change the direction where the club communicates with players.

"Let’s be clear, what we’ve seen on that full-court before which is effectively Man United turned into a prison, it’s a devastating image for the Manchester United Football Club brand around the world, let’s just note that.

"You have to put prison walls up around your ground and have hundreds and hundreds of police officers on a game where fans aren’t attending, there is something that has gone badly wrong.

"So, Joel Glazer has said he’s going to communicate with fans, we heard in that interview that the only two times he’s communicated previously is through apologies. I’m not sure how Joel Glazer is going to be able to communicate effectively with these fans because he doesn’t talk their language, he doesn’t understand where they’re at, he doesn’t feel this club.

"They're detached completely from the ethos, the passion that the supporters feel, I’m not sure how he can communicate effectively. So, I’d be interested to see what he is going to do because they’ve asked quite clearly for those four things. I doubt quite a lot that the fans will get a golden share."

Meanwhile, Richard Keys and Andy Gray offered an alternative view to the protests from United fans, as they accused supporters of acting in a criminal manner on beIN sports.

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