Gary Neville returns Man Utd protester's fist-bump in Old Trafford stands after they storm pitch before Liverpool clash

MANCHESTER UNITED legend Gary Neville returned a protester's fist-bump inside Old Trafford yesterday.

It came as the Red Devils icon called for the Glazer family to do the 'honourable' thing and sell up.

Thousands of Man United fans turned up to protest at Old Trafford yesterday, with the vast majority doing so in a peaceful manner.

However, a band of around 200 broke inside the stadium before setting off flares on the pitch and running amok.

Neville was inside the stadium working for Sky Sports and was pictured interacting with a maskless hooded protester.

The former England international, 46, has used his prominent voice to back their movement.

He said on Sky Sports: "This is a consequence of the Manchester United owners' actions two weeks ago. There is a general distrust and dislike of the owners, but they weren't protesting two or three weeks ago.

"The Glazer family are struggling to meet the financial requirements at this club and the fans are saying that their time is up.

"My view is quite simply that they're going to make a fortune if they sell the club and if they were to put it up for sale now I think the time would be right, and it would be the honourable thing to do.

"There's huge discontent, not just across Manchester United fans, but I think for football fans up and down the country and I think they are just saying enough is enough.

"The Glazer family have been resilient and stubborn for many, many years. I think they are struggling to meet the financial demands that this club needs and have done for some time.

"If you think about the club they picked up in 2004, it had the best stadium in the country, one of the best in Europe, it had the best training ground in this country, and probably one of the best in Europe.

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"It had a team that was consistently getting to Champions League quarter-finals, semi-finals and finals regularly and winning the league every season or every other season.

"If you look at the club now, this stadium I know it looks great here but if you go behind the scenes it is rusting and rotten. If you look at the training ground it's probably not even the top five in this country, they haven't got to a Champions League semi-final for 10 years.

"We haven't won a league here at Manchester United for eight years. The land around the ground is undeveloped, dormant and derelict while every other club seems to be developing the facilities and the fan experience.

Today there is anger. I would hope that tomorrow it switches towards mobilisation towards reform

"All football fans should unite today behind what Manchester United fans have done today because what happened two weeks ago was really dangerous for English football.

"Today there is anger. I would hope that tomorrow it switches towards mobilisation towards reform, regulation and behind the fan-led review."

The FA have launched an inquiry into the goings on at Old Trafford yesterday, which led to Man United's Premier League clash with Liverpool being postponed.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer‘s side are yet to find out when the match will go ahead.

SunSport understands that the most likely course of action will be that Liverpool’s May 16 clash with West Brom will be brought forward four days – when the Red Devils are scheduled to play Leicester.

This would then create a gap on May 16 for the two sides to play each other.

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