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VIDEO: Angry Man Utd fans attack Ed Woodward's house with flares

23:23 GMT 28/01/2020
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The home of the Red Devils' executive vice-chairman was targeted on Tuesday night with the club releasing a statement to condemn the incident

The home of Manchester United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward has been attacked by fans armed with flares.

Footage on social media shows a small number of supporters throwing the incendiary objects over the gate of Woodward's property with graffiti also reportedly sprayed on the fence surrounding his home. 

It is believed that neither Woodward or his family were home at the time of the attack, with the Red Devils quick to condemn an incident which is now being investigated by police. 

"Manchester United Football Club have tonight been made aware of the incident outside the home of one of our employees," a club statement released on Tuesday night read. 

"We know that the football world will unite behind us as we work with Greater Manchester Police to identify the perpetrators of this unwarranted attack.

"Anybody found guilty of a criminal offence, or found to be trespassing on this property, will be banned for life 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."

A statement from Cheshire police also confirmed that a "large group" targeted the property: "At around 10.45pm on January 28, 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.

"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."

The attack comes just days after United's FA Cup victory over Tranmere Rovers was overshadowed by threatening fan chants that were directed at Woodward. 

One of the chants sung by a section of fans was: "Gonna die, gonna die, Ed Woodward’s gonna die. How we kill him, I don’t know. Chop him up from head to toe. All I know is Woodward’s gonna die."

Woodward has become a figure of increasing frustration among Red Devils supporters as the club have struggled to compete since the retirement of former manager Sir Alex Ferguson.

The 48-year-old played a key role in the Glazers' takeover of United in 2005 and was subsequently handed a position within the club before being named executive vice-chairman in 2012. 

In his first transfer window in the role, Woodward failed to win fans over with a lack of signings and, after missing out on Cesc Fabregas, the decision to sign Marouane Fellaini from Everton was widely ridiculed.

And supporters have been similarly frustrated with a lack of transfer dealings in the January transfer window of this year.

The decision not to replace Romelu Lukaku following his move to Inter in 2019, coupled with the injury suffered by Marcus Rashford, has left the Red Devils short in attack with the likes of Islam Slimani and Odion Ighalo having been linked.

A move for Bruno Fernandes does appear to be on the brink of going through, however, with Goal confirming that United have reached an agreement to sign the Sporting CP midfielder in a deal worth an initial €55 million (£47m/$60m).