Manchester United CEO Richard Arnold has insisted that the two figures suspected of leaking information and shedding light on the toxic dressing room at the club have now left, after he met supporters ahead of a planned protest yesterday.
As reported by Sportsmail last night, it is understood a group of fans travelled to the area in which Arnold lives, with various reports claiming they were set to hold a protest outside his house against the controversial ownership of the Glazers.
However, the club’s most senior executive discovered that the fans had gathered in a pub before setting out, and met them there instead. Frank words were exchanged, and a video of the conversation, apparently filmed in secret, was posted on Twitter.
Manchester United CEO Richard Arnold has insisted the leakers at the club have now left
Arnold held a face-to-face conversation with supporters to head off a protest at his house
The supporters aired their frustration at United’s horror season last time out, with Arnold even admitting that it was a ‘f***ing nightmare’. Also on the agenda was the constant drip of insight into the club’s issues and discontent among the players.
Arnold, though, is said to have told the group that ‘the two sources of the leaks have now left the club’. He did not disclose the identity or role of the individuals involved, but his comments appear to suggest the club are confident the rot will stop.
Six players have left Old Trafford so far, with Paul Pogba, Jesse Lingard, Edinson Cavani, Nemanja Matic, Juan Mata and Lee Grant are exiting on free transfers.
Last night, United would not directly comment on the conversation with Arnold, but believe his decision is indicative of their desire to be more open with the fanbase.
The group discussed the state of the struggling club, with fans concerned over player toxicity
Jesse Lingard (L) and Paul Pogba (R) both departed United along with several other senior stars
The United CEO has also acknowledged mistakes in how the club has been run.
He admitted that the Red Devils have ‘burned through cash’ due to a number of disastrous moves in the market, and said he was not ‘thrilled’ with ‘where we are’.
‘We spent a billion pounds on players, more than anyone in Europe,’ Arnold said.
‘I’m not thrilled where we are. It doesn’t sit easy with me and I worry how we get this sorted for the future. What’s happened is we have f***ing burned through cash.
Arnold (R) replaced Ed Woodward (L) earlier this year and is keen to start with a fresh slate
United fans remain critical of the Glazers, and Arnold admitted that the club have spent poorly
‘You can’t go to our training ground and say “show me where the £1billion is” because we haven’t spent money well historically.
‘Last year was a f***ing nightmare. There was hate at every game. We’ve blown through an enormous amount of money.’
Arnold was appointed to succeed the much-maligned Ed Woodward in February.
His first major move was to appoint Erik ten Hag as the manager, replacing Ralf Rangnick after his interim spell saw the side slump to sixth in the Premier League.