Sir Alex Ferguson says that no pre-match protest will take place before tonight’s Champions League second leg tie with AC Milan because the game is too important. The mooted protest, in which fans will stay away from their seats for 10 minutes after kick-off, has not been endorsed by the Manchester United Supporters’ Association (MUST).
“The fans won’t do that, it is too important a game,” said Ferguson of the protest, which was first suggested at a fans meeting in Stretford two months ago.
“Old Trafford will be rocking and I am sure whether they are wearing the traditional red and white or the protest green and gold scarves the supporters will be united and speaking with one voice to get us safely through.”
Ferguson has walked a fine line between demanding fans support the team without being critical of the growing protest movement that has seen more than 125,000 supporters join MUST.
Earlier this week Ferguson dismissed rumours that he is backing the Red Knights’ bid to buy the club despite being close friends with Jim O’Neil.