Daily Mail



ON a poignant day at Old Trafford, Manchester United players wore black armbands in recognitio­n of fans’ representa­tive Ian Stirling following his death at the age of 57 — while the Stretford End paid their own tribute with anti-Glazer banners and chants. Stirling, an influentia­l figure with the Manchester United Supporters’ Trust, was a respected go-between in transmitti­ng the fans’ feelings to the club on issues such as safe standing.

He was described as a fearless champion on fans’ issues over the tannoy and a floral wreath was placed on his regular seat in row 17 of the J stand. The hardcore United support unfurled a banner that read: ‘Full Sale Only’ amid fears the owners want to keep control. The first ‘We want Glazers out’ songs began after two minutes, 43 seconds.

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