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Former goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel has labelled the protesters that broke into Old Trafford on Sunday as 'idiots and troublemakers'.

A number of angry supporters managed to get inside United's famous ground as part of the wider calls for the much-maligned owners of the club, the Glazers, to step away in the wake of the European Super League fiasco.

Their disgust with years of mismanagement culminated in tensions rising at the weekend - and images quickly emerged of people standing up against the hierarchy on the pitch. Equipment was broken and two police officers were injured.

Hundreds of supporters broke into Old Trafford on Sunday to protest against the Glazer family

Hundreds of supporters broke into Old Trafford on Sunday to protest against the Glazer family

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Peter Schmeichel has labelled the protesters 'idiots' and believes they were not 'die-hard' fans

Peter Schmeichel has labelled the protesters 'idiots' and believes they were not 'die-hard' fans

Now, in the wake of the incident, Schmeichel, an ambassador for United, has opted to criticise hundreds of protestors by insisting that those who stormed the stadium were not loyal members of the fanbase.

He told CBS Sports: 'I don't think the die-hard fans were the ones inside the stadium. I think they are idiots, troublemakers. None of them will remember the good times. Some of them weren't even born when the Glazers took over the club.

'The die-hard fans, the true fans, keep voicing your opinions, but keep it at a proper level. Don't be stupid about it. Don't demand something which is unrealistic. Keep up the pressure, keep up the ideas.

Avram (left) and Joel (right) Glazer are under fresh calls to leave after a series of poor decisions

Avram (left) and Joel (right) Glazer are under fresh calls to leave after a series of poor decisions

'What we've learned from the last two weeks is, if we stand together and we show our opposition to ideas that we don't agree with, as a massive group, it does have an effect. I think football, not , is at a crossroads now.

'There is this incredible opportunity now to change direction. Something that I think it has needed for a long, long, long time.'

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