A team of angry Manchester United fans on Tuesday night launched fireworks and a smoke bomb at the £2million Cheshire mansion of under-fire chief executive, Ed Woodward. The fans, believed to be members of United’s notorious ‘Men In Black’ hooligan firm – launched an attack on Woodward’s luxurious mansion, as a sign of displeasure to how he has been running the club since Sir Alex Ferguson retired in 2013.
According to multiple reports, the angry fans assembled outside the house and rang an intercom on his large gates at the entrance but when nobody answered, the mob decided to throw a red smoke bomb before launching fireworks at the house and spray painting the gates.
Woodward has come under plenty of scrutinies in recent months, particularly from United’s fanbase, as the club continue to struggle and fall even further away from the Premier League summit. During their recent Premier League defeat at home to Burnley and FA Cup victory against Tranmere, some United fans could be heard singing a song about Woodward and the Glazer family burning on a fire.
Manchester United have since issued a statement insisting anyone found guilty at the scene would be banned for life by the club and ‘may face prosecution’. The statement reads;
“Manchester United Football Club has tonight been made aware of the incident outside the home of one of our employees. We know that the football world will unite behind us as we work with Greater Manchester Police to identify the perpetrators of this unwarranted attack. Anybody found guilty of a criminal offence, or found to be trespassing on this property, will be banned for life by the club and may face prosecution. Fans expressing an opinion is one thing, criminal damage and intent to endanger life is another. There is simply no excuse for this.”
Ed Woodward is currently the executive vice-chairman and the man de-facto in charge of United since 2013.