Manchester United CEO Richard Arnold met fans at the pub after they planned a protest at his home

Manchester UnitedThe ‘new CEO Richard Arnold joined fans at the pub and opened up about how the club burned money” at an extraordinary meeting.

On Saturday, a group of about 12 1958 fans planned to protest outside the 51-year-old’s home.

This led to a strong statement from United, which condemned the behavior.

But Arnold, who replaced Woodward in the job in February of this year, moved to prevent that from happening and instead met with disgruntled fans at his venue, the Boot Inn pub in Willington, Cheshire.

He paid for the protesters’ drinks and gave an honest assessment of the current situation United are in and wasn’t afraid to spread the dirt over Woodward’s performance.

Part of the meeting was filmed and posted on social media. At one point in the video, Arnold explained, “We burned a lot of money. We spend a billion pounds on players, we spend more than anyone in Europe.

“I’m not thrilled with where we are, it’s not easy and we have to work it out.

“You can’t go to our boot camp and say, ‘Show me where this billion pounds is here.’

“I don’t think we’ve done well with the money we’ve spent historically. We spent a huge amount of money.

“Last year was a nightmare. I was hating every minute of it.”

Arnold has been with United since 2007, first joining as the group’s commercial director. At the meeting, he confirmed that new coach Erik ten Hag will be able to reinforce a team that finished sixth last season with the worst score ever.

But with the club in trouble from top to bottom, Arnold also revealed that the Red Devils need outside investment to refurbish Old Trafford and the AON training complex.

“This summer, the money that the football manager and director wants is there,” he continued.

“For the future, to invest in a new stadium and that sort of thing, for a £250m training ground, we have to do something, we have to attract investors.

“I need that to do what I want for the club – I have to have more money than I have now.”

A fan asked Arnold for an update on the pursuit of Barcelona midfielder Frenkie De Jong.

Arnold pointed a joke at his predecessor, Woodward, when he said, “You want me to buy the players? Doesn’t that ring like a bell?”

He was asked about locker room leaks, which prompted him to remind fans that Paul Pogba and Jesse Lingard had left after their contracts ended.

According to one of the fans in attendance, Pogba was also called “twat” by Arnold.

The face-to-face meeting was the first that fans had had with a United official in 17 years and was a historic and watershed moment.

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