Manchester United chief executive David Gill admits he does not think the 'Green and Gold' protests are going to be abandoned.
A meeting is due to be held later this week between members of the Red Knights consortium aiming to gain control at Old Trafford, even though the Glazer family have made it perfectly clear they are not interested in a sale.
And while Gill does not think a sale to the Red Knights is either likely or a good idea, he accepts the green and gold will be back next season.
"I don't think they will go away," Gill told Sky Sports News.
He continued: "There is a protest movement there and a lot of people feel exercised by it and very passionate about it. That is one of the strengths of Manchester United.
"There were some comments last week that I was belittling the protest. That could not be further from the truth. We understand it and it will be there."
Nevertheless, Gill would prefer to stare out of the directors' box at a sea of red and white scarves rather than the colours of Newton Heath, particularly as the idea of a large group of people controlling affairs at United appears, to him, unworkable.
"My experience of being at this club for 13 years and being involved in business before that, [suggests that] having a whole group of people running Manchester United would be difficult," he said.
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