Sir Alex Ferguson Calls For Unity
Sir Alex Ferguson has warned the Manchester United fans that he does not want the protest against the club owners to affect his players. The Scot has called for unity as he fears that the ongoing campaign against Malcom Glazer and the rest of his family could actually wreck Manchester United’s bid for the English Premier League title.
The Glazers first bought National Football League team Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 1995 and then they purchased English Premier League club Manchester United in 2005. The Florida based family were never welcomed by the Manchester United fans, though, and they and came under heavy fire from the protest movement last campaign. Manchester United being the most prominent global brand in football, Malcolm Glazer and his family have on a number of occasions in the past maintained that the Barclays Premier League club are not up for sale and that they will not be pressurised into selling. And although Sir Alex Ferguson has always backed the owners, the long serving Manchester United Head Coach has previously defended the Old Trafford supporters’ every right to protest. Sir Alex Ferguson: “The debt has come through by Manchester United being bought out by an owner. You know full well that when a business is bought it is usually bought with debt. But because it is a football club it seems to attract more negative reporting from the media and from the fan but Manchester United Football Club, when it went plc, it was always going to be bought. It was inevitable. So when a particular family like the Glazers have bought it, it is unfair that they come in for criticism because anybody could have bought it.”
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As much a worldwide brand as a soccer club, Manchester United’s debts have rocketed since the deeply unpopular Malcolm Glazer took full control at Old Trafford in the summer of 2005. Loading Manchester United with the borrowings they made to buy the club in the first place, he has without doubt greatly offended the supporters. The Red Devils may very well be chasing a record breaking 19th league title on the football field, but their financial results show that the legendary club are sinking deeper and deeper into debt. It remains a fact, however, that Manchester United are still the number one football club in the world on the Forbes Rich List despite the financial dark clouds gathering over Salford.
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