A group of hooded protesters threw flares into the garden of the executive vice-chairman on Tuesday night with more action planned for the Wolves game.
Manchester United are braced for more protests this weekend, with fans discussing a timed walkout in the 58th or 68th minute of the televised Premier League fixture against Wolves on Saturday evening.
On Tuesday night, a group of around 20 Manchester United fans assembled outside Ed Woodward’s house and were filmed throwing at least one flare into the executive vice-chairman’s garden.
There have been no reports of any serious damage, and nobody is reported to have been injured. It appears that nobody was at the residence at the time of the visit and the action has been strongly condemned by the club.
No arrests have been made, and the identity of the provocateurs was obscured by their masks and hooded tops. As such, it is not clear exactly who was responsible for the actions, but it recalls past incidents that have been carried out by the so-called, ‘Men in Black’, who have been linked to similar protests since the Glazers’ takeover of the club.
In the past, there have been visits from disgruntled United fans to the homes of Rio Ferdinand and Wayne Rooney, when they were considering moves to Chelsea and Manchester City respectively.
The group posted a clip of the flare-throwing to social media with the caption, ‘Woodward’s gonna die’, suggesting that the protest is linked to chants from United fans at recent games. Previously, United fans have flown planes with banners protesting Woodward’s performance, at one time describing him as a ‘specialist in failure’.
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