Richard Arnold, chief executive of Manchester United, met with disgruntled fans in a pub and issued an official response.
The incoming chief executive, who replaced Ed Woodward earlier this year, met with supporters at his local pub instead of protesting outside Arnold’s home.
In the course of the conversation, Arnold brought drinks for the group and touched upon a range of subjects, including the owners, financial issues, and United’s pursuit of Barcelona midfielder Frenkie de Jong, in which he revealed that money would not be considered in Erik ten Hag’s transfer plans.
“Richard heard that a group of fans had gathered in a pub near his house.A spokesperson for Manchester 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.”
The Red Devils finished sixth with 58 points after only 16 victories from 38 matches in their worst Premier League campaign to date.
Despite protests against the Glazers, the season was underwhelming.
The appointment of Dutchman Ten Hag marks the beginning of a new era at Old Trafford. Ralf Rangnick, who replaced sacked Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in November, has been replaced by the former Ajax manager.
The 20-time English champions initially intended to retain German Rangnick in a consultancy role, but that plan was abandoned last month.
Richard Arnold Leaked Video
Social media accounts have posted videos of Arnold speaking with fans without knowing he was being filmed.
In regards to financial matters at the club, he said: “We spent more than anyone else in Europe on players. I have no idea why we are in this position.”.
Our current situation is that we have burned through cash. I do not believe we have spent the money efficiently historically. For this summer, we are able to spend the money that the manager and director of football want.
“To invest in a new stadium, be it a £250million training ground or something else, we’ve got to do something, we’ve got to get investors involved.”
“I need that to do what I want for the club. I’ve got to have more cash than we have now because no club in the world has the money to do a new stadium without getting it from somewhere, no one generates that – you either borrow it or someone invests it.”