Richard Arnold is secretly taped by Man United fans during a pub rendezvous


Manchester United executive Richard Arnold was secretly filmed talking to fans about the club in a video released yesterday.

Fans gathered yesterday near Arnold’s house to conduct a peaceful protest, but the newly appointed director eased the situation by taking a drink at a local pub.

Arnold looked open and honest, describing the club as “f … burned out cash” and labeling last season as “f … nightmare”, saying “I hated every game”.

He also said there is no kitty transfer limit as such and that the owners will buy every player football director John Murtough and manager Erik ten Hag want.

Ed Woodward, the former executive vice president, who left the club after the collapse of the European Super League, was also dug up.

“You want me to buy players? Isn’t it ringing? He said to the fans, hinting that Woodward was interfering with football, not just managing the club.

Mirror He reports parts of the conversation that do not appear in the video in which Arnold said regarding last season’s locker room leaks and unrest “two sources of leaks have now left the club.”

No names were mentioned.

The Mirror also cites one fan saying Arnold said Murtough works from 6am to 10am trying to score [Frenkie] The De Jong deal is over. There is £ 200 million for transfers. He wouldn’t let other goals slip away.

The sensational movie divided the fans on social media. Some consider it a breath of fresh air, and admire Arnold for staring at his critics and for having an honest conversation. Others say it was a deliberate act to win sympathy and dissuade fans from protesting and boycotting sponsors.

It is certainly true that Arnold’s message seemed to be that the Glazers would let the club’s players sign whomever they wanted, but fans must stop protesting and boycotting sponsors if the club was able to keep spending in the future.

It also seems true that there was not a single word of criticism against the owners, nor a lot of listening to fans suggesting that what he had to say was somewhat premeditated.

You can view the video below or read the full transcript below.

Full movie record:

Arnold: “We spent a billion pounds on players, that was last summer, we spend more than anyone in Europe.

“I don’t think I’m thrilled where we are. It’s not easy, I’m worried about where to sort it out for the future, but …

“What happened is we burned the cash … you can’t go, I can’t go to our training session and the pitch and say ‘show me where that billion pounds is.’

“Because I believe we haven’t been doing well with the money we’ve been spending in the past.

“I’m not here to defend Joel [Glazer, majority shareholder]must speak for himself.

“I want to talk to you, you took the time to come here to present your views, I respect that.

“We wasted a huge amount of money. For this summer, the money the football manager and director want is there, right.

“For the future, to invest in a new stadium and things like that, to build the newest and largest 250-million training ground, we have to do something, we have to attract investors.

“I need this to do what I want from the club. I need more cash than I have now.

“Because a new stadium, no club in the world has the money to build a new stadium without getting it from somewhere. You either borrow or someone invests it, right?

Spurs took out a £ 1bn mortgage.

– So the money has to come from somewhere. And you may not like our current owners, I understand, but if you want someone else to come in, they have to look and say: OK, the fans love the club, they love the team, that’s positive because it’s different, look at it last year. The last year has been a nightmare.

“It was a nightmare, I hated every game.

“There were several things, one, protests. Protest me, it’s my job, I can do it. I should have taken it. Protest to the owners.

“Sponsors who donated money to the club should not be punished. What did they do wrong? They put money in …

Fan “Our logic is that putting pressure on them is putting pressure on the Glazers. I understand it’s a vicious cycle.

Arnold “But is it really? You know what it was like in 2005, the pressure was on the owners not to buy the club, but they bought it anyway, so if you want to think of them that way, they’re rock hard.

Fan: “They don’t care”

Arnold: “It’s not that they don’t care, they’re not afraid of people

Fan: “And the clubs in America treat them completely different than this club”

Arnold: “And this is where my job as CEO is. Make sure John [Mutrough, direcot of football] he is doing his job in football. Take some fucking players. The money is there, okay? Take care of it, John.

There is a pause in the recording at this point.

Arnold: “… a very unpopular thing, so I’m honest, I don’t lie, I respect your passion, but to be honest I need your help. I can’t do all of this.

Fan: “How? You mean not to protest?

Arnold: “It sounds selfish, doesn’t it, we didn’t put you in protest, I love the passion of the fans.

“Another thing we did, and let me tell you this, we said any band that is in the country that won’t give our 3000 fans our fans back, you can put that on your [inaudible]and we have full assignments at every stadium.

“You know, our away fans are alive, my kids go to away matches, they are alive and …”

Fan: “Our away fans are the best you can …”

Arnold: “It was just awful, right. I have never heard… performances… you look at it and you say, many of our players are young, they are young boys, they came back after a hot time at Euro, Rashford, Sancho, the abuse they suffered after Euro, they came back for the new season, the crowd was on them.

“I’m not surprised that their self-confidence is gone.

“For me, I want to bring us back together as a club so we are all solid to be successful.

“I’ll do my best to make sure the money is there, that’s all I can do. I will talk to every fan. I will answer every e-mail.

“I can’t make you do anything, keep on letting people protest, we’ll have to stop the flares because if anyone gets hurt because of it …”

There is a pause in the recording at this point.

Arnold: “Money doesn’t count for who we want. If the manager wants him, they’ve done a job to see if he’s a great player, and again it’s 100 or 200, get whoever you want.

Fan: “will it be 200 or down again?”

Arnold “Again, shouldn’t you … do you want me to buy the players?” Isn’t it ringing?

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