Mirror Sport revealed how between 20 and 30 balaclava-clad United fans marched on Woodward’s Cheshire mansion and threw flares on Tuesday night
Cheshire Police have launched an investigation after Manchester United chief Ed Woodward’s £2million mansion was attacked by hooded thugs on Tuesday nigh
Our Source revealed how between 20 and 30 balaclava-clad United fans marched on Woodward’s Cheshire home as anger at the way the club is being run turned militant ahead of Wednesday night’s Carabao Cup semi-final clash at Manchester City.
A number of flares were thrown at the gated property in the quiet village he lives in – at least one of them ignited – and it is understood that graffiti was sprayed on the fence surrounding Woodward’s home.
Club security were immediately sent to the property to investigate on Tuesday night, while police were alerted and will be helped by the club with enquiries.
And on Wednesday morning, the aftermath of the shocking incident became clearer as police investigators arrived at the property.
A Cheshire Police Crime Scene Investigation unit was seen driving through the gate, which was covered with a white sheet after apparently being vandalised with graffiti.
Woodward, 48, his wife, and their young twins were not at home when the thugs descended on the property, throwing lit flares into the grounds.
The group of United fans are known as ‘The Men in Black’ due to their preference to dark clothing.
Some Manchester United fans have voiced their discontent with Woodward and the club’s owners, the Glazer family, at recent matches as the team languishes 33 points behind Premier League arch-rivals Liverpool.
In October 2010, up to 30 balaclava-clad men turned up at former striker Wayne Rooney’s then home in Cheshire after he had initially refused to sign a new contract.
United have condemned the attack on Woodward’s home and threatened life bans and prosecution for those involved.
“At around 10.45pm on Tuesday, 28 January, Cheshire police were notified of an incident of criminal damage that had taken place earlier this evening with a large group targeting a property in the Nether Peover area,” said a police statement.
“Thankfully no-one was harmed and officers will liaise with security officials over the coming days to establish the full circumstances surrounding this incident and identify those involved.”
United’s statement condemned the “unwarranted attack”.
“We know that the football world will unite behind us as we work with the police to identify the perpetrators of this unwarranted attack,” the club said.
“Anybody found guilty of a criminal offence, or found to be trespassing on this property, will be banned for life by the club and may face prosecution.
“Fans expressing opinion is one thing, criminal damage and intent to endanger life is another. There is simply no excuse for this.”
United supporters have been frustrated with the club’s slump since Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement in 2013.
The club have gone from winning the title in the legendary Scot’s final campaign to currently sitting fifth in the table – 33 points adrift of leaders Liverpool.
United have spent £850million in that time but only won the FA Cup, Europa League and League Cup.
As a result, the blame has been placed on Woodward – as he is the public face of transfers and oversees the club’s operations – alongside the Glazer family.