Po­lice probes at­tack on home of Man Utd chief Ed Wood­ward

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Manch­ester, UK - Po­lice has launched an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into an at­tack on the home of Manch­ester United ex­ec­u­tive vice-chair­man Ed Wood­ward as fans’ frus­tra­tions mount over the plight of the 20-times English cham­pi­ons.

Videos shared on so­cial me­dia on Tues­day show hooded peo­ple throw­ing flares over a gate to a prop­erty, while red paint was sprayed on a gatepost.

A state­ment from Cheshire Po­lice said officers were no­ti­fied of an in­ci­dent of crim­i­nal dam­age at around 10.45pm on Tues­day.

‘Thank­fully no one was harmed and officers will li­aise with se­cu­rity of­fi­cials over the com­ing days to es­tab­lish the full cir­cum­stances sur­round­ing this in­ci­dent and iden­tify those in­volved,’ the state­ment said.

Wood­ward, who is mar­ried with two young chil­dren, is re­ported to have been away from his home at the time of the at­tack.

United said those re­spon­si­ble would be banned for life from the club.

‘We know that the foot­ball world will unite be­hind us as we work with the po­lice to iden­tify the per­pe­tra­tors of this un­war­ranted at­tack,’ the club said.

‘Any­body found guilty of a crim­i­nal of­fence, or found to be tres­pass­ing on this prop­erty, will be banned for life by the club and

A Cheshire Po­lice Crime Scene In­ves­ti­ga­tion van is parked at the home of ex­ec­u­tive vice-chair­man Ed Wood­ward (inset) in the vil­lage of Lower Peover near Knutsford, north­west Eng­land, on Wed­nes­day

may face pros­e­cu­tion.’

‘Fans ex­press­ing opin­ion is one thing, crim­i­nal dam­age and in­tent to en­dan­ger life is an­other. There is sim­ply no ex­cuse for this.’

Toxic at­mos­phere

The at­mos­phere at Old Traf­ford has turned toxic in re­cent weeks, with sup­port­ers voic­ing their anger at United’s own­ers the Glazer fam­ily and Wood­ward, who ad­vised the Amer­i­cans dur­ing their suc­cess­ful takeover of the club in 2005.

Fans re­port­edly sang ‘Wood­ward’s go­ing to die’ at the re­cent de­feat against Burn­ley and dur

ing Sun­day’s FA Cup vic­tory over Tran­mere.

The sup­port­ers, who en­joyed two decades of al­most un­bro­ken suc­cess un­der Alex Ferguson, have seen their club fall 33 points be­hind fierce ri­vals Liver­pool, who look cer­tain to win their first league ti­tle for 30 years.

United man­ager Ole Gun­nar Sol­sk­jaer is strug­gling to turn things around, with the club fifth in the Pre­mier League, six points be­hind fourth-placed Chelsea.

United have not won the Pre­mier League since Ferguson re­tired in 2013, with far more ex­pe­ri­enced man­agers David

Moyes, Louis van Gaal and Jose Mour­inho all in and out at Old Traf­ford be­fore Sol­sk­jaer took charge.

Ear­lier this month, Sol­sk­jaer gave his back­ing to the Glaz­ers and Wood­ward af­ter fans voiced dis­ap­proval at their han­dling of the club.

“As a club we’ve got to stick to­gether, we’ve got to be united, we are a fam­ily,” he said.

“I can only say from when I’ve been here I’ve been backed by the own­ers, I’ve been backed by Ed and they’re sup­port­ing me, so for me, make sure they stick to­gether.”

(AFP)

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