100 Owners: Number 79 – The Glazer Family (Manchester United)

There will be a number of people reading this for whom the initial reaction at seeing The Glazers in the position that they occupy on this list will be one of surprise and, quite probably, anger. There have, after all, been few other football club owners in recent years – particularly in the Premier League – have inspired more vitriol or column inches than the family that acquired – it would be misleading to say ‘purchased’ – one of the world’s biggest clubs during the 2004/05 season. Yet in spite of all the money that they have taken out of the club over the years (and, we might point out, the fact that there is little order to this list below the top twenty), there sit Manchester United, atop the Premier League and comfortable in their Champions League group. Manchester United supporters – probably a majority, though such a statement is difficult to prove definitively either way – are incandescent at the money taken out of their club over the last few years or so, but the supporters of other Premier League clubs may occasionally breathe a sigh of relief at their ownership. Just stop to consider, for example, what the Premier League might look like had the Glazers not straddled the club with such an enormous debt and taken the amount of money out of it. The Glazer...

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