Sir Alex Ferguson, The Glazers & The Future Of Manchester United

The silly season is well and truly upon us, and with football now demanding twenty-four hour, three hundred and sixty-five day a year media coverage the next few weeks seem likely to bring more stories to the back pages of newspapers that might otherwise not have been deemed worthy of such coverage. So it was with Sir Alex Fergusons recent comments regarding the Glazer family and their ownership of Manchester United Football Club. According to Ferguson, “They have always backed me whenever I have asked them for anything,” whilst “I think there are a whole lot of factions at United that think they own the club,” and, “I think the majority of the real fans will look at it [“it” in this case meaning the Glazer ownership of the club] realistically and say it’s not affecting the team.” It has been noted elsewhere before that Sir Alex Fergusons glowing comments about the Glazers have an uncanny habit of appearing in public when the family itself is coming under close scrutiny, and this summers scrutiny of their IPO has thrown the spotlight on one of English footballs arguably most controversial football club owners. That the manager should be as close to the owners as he is may seem somewhat counter-intuitive, when we consider the trade union shop steward background from whence he came, but it may also be worth bearing...

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