Manchester United labelled ‘beyond arrogant’ for ‘failing to pay all workers ‘real’ Living Wage’

Campaigners also claimed the world's richest team had repeatedly ignored requests for a meeting with chief Ed Woodward.

The club are said to have pledged six months ago to respond to an open letter signed by almost 2,500 people calling for talks between Woodward and civil-society alliance Manchester Citizens.

But they reportedly did not reply and The Telegraph report five more requests went unanswered.

That prompted a demonstration outside Old Trafford ahead of tonight's Premier League opener against Leicester.

Manchester Citizens, a branch of campaigning charity Citizens UK, paraded a giant football with messages demanding United pay at least £8.75 an hour.

A calendar was also shown in an attempt to shame executive vice-chairman Woodward into setting a date to meet fans.

Furqan Naeem from Manchester Citizens told the Telegraph: "As a Manchester United fan, I feel very ashamed.

"It is disgraceful that, despite us asking for meetings for six months, the club has been completely unresponsive.

"The fact that the richest club in the world doesn't pay its staff – including caterers, cleaners and stewards – a wage they can live on is embarrassing.

"Everyone is entitled to a fair day's pay for a fair day's work."

Sean Ryan MBE, a Citizens UK leader from Caritas Diocese of Salford added: "It is beyond arrogant that Manchester United is treating staff like this and has not even replied to our letter, let alone met us to discuss paying a real Living Wage to all staff and contractors."

United declined to comment on their failure to respond to repeated requests by campaigners for a meeting with Woodward but their head of human resources did come out to talk to protesters on Friday.

In February, a spokesman also said: "Manchester United pays its staff competitive salaries for the jobs they undertake.

"We have many variations of contracts in place due to the size of the club, although all permanent employees, whether engaged on a full or part-time hours basis, are paid the Voluntary Living Wage, in line with the Premier League agreement."

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