Rachel Riley slams ’embarrassing’ Manchester United fans who flew anti-Ed Woodward banner

COUNTDOWN presenter Rachel Riley has a done a number on Manchester United fans – blasting their banner from a plane attacking Ed Woodward.

Old Trafford supporters then sparred with the TV celebrity on Twitter after she slated the “embarrassing” protest held before today’s 2-0 victory at Burnley.

Visiting fans paid for a plane to fly over Turf Moor before kick-off, trailing a huge message saying: ED WOODWARD: A SPECIALIST IN FAILURE.

United supporters then gave fierce vocal backing to manager Jose Mourinho, who had pleaded in vein with club supremo Woodward during pre-season to let him splash out on new defenders.

But Riley, who also does work for MUTV, tweeted of the banner: “This kind of thing is an embarrassment to our club. To the minority of fans – stop moaning, start supporting. #mufc”

That sparked a plane-speaking debate with her social media followers that the former Strictly Come Dancing contestant did not tiptoe around.

TV presenter Rachel Riley sparred with fans after she moaned about a banner protesting over Ed Woodward
TV presenter Rachel Riley argued with fans on social media after she moaned about a banner protesting over Ed Woodward
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Some Man Utd fans paid for this banner to be displayed behind a plane above Turf Moor today, ahead of a 2-0 victory against Burnley
Some Man Utd fans paid for this banner to be displayed behind a plane above Turf Moor today, ahead of a 2-0 victory against Burnley
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One fan told her: “You can support the team and hate the owners and the regime Rachel. “The club havent backed Jose so why should we back them in return…”

To which Riley replied: “We’ve spent millions… What weve lacked is the 2/3 year forward planning we used to have with the continuity under SAF/Gill. We need everyone pulling together in the same direction as a team. Moaning on a banner helps no-one.”

The fan responded by claiming United’s spending was a “drop in the ocean in comparison to income” for a club of their size.

But when he added: “Can’t debate with any Glazer apologists,” Riley retorted: “What? Since when was Ed Woodward a member of the Glazer family? Clue’s in the surname.”

Other supporters noted Riley’s links to United’s official TV station.

One said: “Rachel Riley, a regular on MUTV, in doesn’t like anything that criticises Ed Woodward shocker. Need to keep those gigs coming Rachel.”

The It’s Not Rocket Science star counted to ten and maintained a dignified silence over such potshots.

But she responded to more measured questions or observations.

One United supporter asked: “What if there’s something severely wrong with the club?”

The game-show host answered: “Positive criticism and new ideas are fine. Armchair non-constructive blame passing is just silly and unhelpful.”

In other words, if you do not have anything useful to say, buzzer off!

Romelu Lukaku celebrates striking twice before half-time as United beat Burnley 2-0
Romelu Lukaku celebrates striking twice before half-time as United beat Burnley 
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Long-time Man Utd supporter Rachel Riley says constructive criticism is fine but gestures such as banners are silly
Long-time Man Utd supporter Rachel Riley says constructive criticism is fine but gestures such as banners are silly
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Rachel Riley says the main problem with Utd is a lack of forward planning over two or three years
Rachel Riley says the main problem with Utd is a lack of forward planning over two or three years
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