Man Utd CEO shares drinks, chat with disgruntled fans

MANCHESTER, June 19: A small group of disgruntled Manchester United supporters headed toward the home of the club’s chief executive to voice their concerns amid widespread unrest in the fanbase about the ownership of the Glazer family and other issues.
They probably got more than they were bargaining for.
The planned protest by the fans turned into an impromptu sit-down with Richard Arnold, the CEO, in a pub where a range of topics appeared to be discussed, from the owners to the club’s financial issues to the heavily reported pursuit of Barcelona midfielder Frenkie De Jong.
“Richard heard that a group of fans had gathered in a pub near his house,” United said.
“He went to meet them, bought them all a drink, listened to their views, and explained what the club is doing to deliver success on the pitch, improve the stadium, and strengthen engagement with fans.”
Video was leaked on social media showing Arnold, who took over the role in February, addressing concerns in a fairly blunt manner. It was unclear whether he knew he was being filmed as he spoke about how United has “burned through cash” and the need for extra investment in facilities such as the stadium and training ground.
In the leaked video, Arnold can be seen saying “the money that the manager and the director of football want is there,” but it hasn’t been spent yet.
United has won more English league titles than any other team – 20 – but its last major trophy was the Europa League at the end of the 2016-17 season. (AP)

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