Manchester United left disappointed after Richard Arnold’s frank conversation with supporters was secretly filmed and posted online … after the United CEO specifically asked NOT to record the discussion
- Man United are disappointed in a video of Richard Arnold leaked online last week
- The United CEO met with fans to discuss the club’s current situation
- Fans recorded the conversation with Arnold and posted it on social media
- Arnold described United’s last 12 months as a ‘f *** ing nightmare’ in the video
Manchester United are disappointed that a frank conversation between Richard Arnold and the fans was secretly filmed and posted online.
Chief executive Arnold admitted United had ‘burned through cash’, describing the last 12 months as a ‘f *** ing nightmare’ in an impromptu summit at his local pub.
Arnold admitted to them that the situation was bleak but assured them he was working hard to rectify it.
United CEO Richard Arnold (left) met with fans to discuss the club’s current situation
One of the fans recorded part of the conversation and posted the video onto social media
United are saddened that one of the group filmed the chat having been asked by Arnold not to but are relaxed about it.
He was appointed to succeed Ed Woodward as United’s Chief Executive in February and his first major move has been to appoint Erik ten Hag as manager after United finished sixth in the Premier League, 35 points behind champions Manchester City.
Arnold told the gathered group the Glazer family had spent ‘a billion’ on players which was ‘more than anyone in Europe’.
He added: ‘I’m not thrilled where we are. It doesn’t sit easy with me and I worry about how we get this sorted for the future.
‘What’s happened is we have burned through cash.
‘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 af *** ing nightmare. There was hate at every game. We’ve blown through an enormous amount of money. ‘
Arnold told the group of supporters the Glazer family had spent ‘a billion’ on players
Arnold insisted that despite the failure to qualify for the Champions League, the budget is there to strengthen the squad which has lost Paul Pogba, Jesse Lingard, Edinson Cavani, Juan Mata and Nemanja Matic since the end of the last season.
‘For this summer, the money the manager and the director of football (John Murtough) wants is there,’ he insisted.
‘For the future, investing in a new stadium and the latest-and-greatest training ground we’ve got to do something. We’ve got to get investors in.
‘I need that to do what I want for the club. I’ve got to have more cash now because no club in the world has the money to build a new stadium.
‘You either borrow it or invest it. The money has got to come from somewhere. You might not like our current owners – I can’t help that.
‘I’m not here to defend (chairman) Joel (Glazer), he must speak for himself. But you have taken the time to come here and make your views known – and I respect that.
‘If you want someone else to come in they will see that the fans love the team and that is positive.’
Arnold said money ‘is there’ for new boss Erik ten Hag to sign players this summer
Arnold also revealed that the two figures suspected of leaking information and shedding light on the toxic dressing room at the club have now left.
United were affected by anti-Glazer protests at Old Trafford last season and Arnold suggested to the supporters they would spoke it would be better for those to stop.
‘I respect your passion but I need some help from you’ he said.
‘This has been horrible. A lot of our players are young and they have had a torrid time. The abuse they got after the Euros, no wonder confidence was shot.
‘I want to put the club back together to be successful. I want to do my bit. I answer every email, speak to fans. I can’t make you do anything but we will have to stop the flares, (in case) someone gets hurt. ‘
A United spokesperson said: ‘Richard heard a group of fans had gathered in a pub near his house.
‘They listed their views and explained what the club is doing to deliver success on the pitch, improve the stadium, and strengthen engagement with fans.’
United fans are unhappy after their club achieved their worst ever league finish last season