To all Manchester United fans who read this column, please listen to the pleas of our players and United fans everywhere to stay at home and not join in this deeply troubling movement.
Football has to take a backseat this week as our country is suffering the worst civil disobedience since the 1981 riots. Sadly, on the fourth day trouble has broken out in Manchester. At the time of writing there are reports of gangs heading to Altrincham.
The fact that people are not happy has surely been noted now, to carry on would only cause irreparable damage to our city, our country and our society. No grievance is worth that. After the IRA bomb the people of Manchester, more than most, should appreciate that violence is not the answer to our problems.
Our players on the riots:
WayneRooney Wayne Rooney
"These riots are nuts why would people do this to there own country. Own city. This is embarrassing for our country. Stop please"
rioferdy5 Rio Ferdinand
"Unrest now in Manchester....come on now....this isn't the way....stooooooooop it. What is this in aid of?? Innocent people are the victims."
"I can't tell the youths exactly what to do but stealing tv's + trainers+burning innocent peoples houses+shops aint solving nothing at all."