Fergie’s ‘GREAT’ trib­ute to Glaz­ers is tak­ing the piss!

Midweek Sport - - THURSDAY AUG 1 -

WITH all the fuss around the Olympics, it’s a good time to bury bad news – and Sir Alex Fergsuon trum­pet­ing his sup­port for the Glaz­ers IS bad news.

Once Fergie was proud to speak of his work­ing class up­bring­ing in Go­van and his so­cial­ist roots.

But af­ter 26 years at Old Traf­ford, it ap­pears the 70-yearold’s views have shifted – now he’s a com­pany man.

Speak­ing out for own­ers who have loaded Manch­ester United with oo­dles of debt while at the same time of­fer­ing the bird to the thou­sands of fans who fear for the club’s fu­ture is puz­zling from a man who in the past HAS pub­licly rapped pre­vi­ous own­ers.

Some say he is just do­ing what is best for the club. And to be fair to Fergie, he’s pulled off a mir­a­cle in win­ning four ti­tles and a Cham­pi­ons League since the Amer­i­can takeover of the club in 2005.

But to de­scribe them as “great”? Well, that’s just tak­ing the piss.

Most would ar­gue the sil­ver­ware has come in spite of the Glaz­ers – not be­cause of them.

“I think the ma­jor­ity of real fans will look at it re­al­is­ti­cally and say [the Glaz­ers’ own­er­ship strat­egy] is not af­fect­ing the team,” Fer­gu­son said. Real fans? So if you ques­tion the Glaz­ers, you’re NOT a real fan?

Dan­ger­ous ground. Par­tic­u­larly when you look at the facts.

Man United has over £420m of debt and is float­ing shares on the New York Stock Mar­ket to try to slash that fig­ure.

The club had no debt when the Glaz­ers came to town, and it has made a tidy profit ev­ery year since then. xperts say well over £500m of United’s cash has been frit­tered away on costs tied in to the way the Glaz­ers took con­trol of the club and the re­fi­nanc­ing that has come since.

Great, eh, Fergie? Imag­ine the play­ers

Ethat wad of cash could have paid for.

In­stead, it’s paid for peo­ple to own a club. Peo­ple who want to make a profit out of the club and don’t re­ally seem to care for the club it­self.

The fans lead the way in ex­pos­ing what’s re­ally go­ing on at United.

The Green and Gold cam­paign made na­tional news, while the club’s sup­port­ers’ trust has seen its num­bers swell past the 200,000 mark. THEY are the peo­ple in all this that count.

Last sea­son, United were pipped for the ti­tle by City.

But it felt like a key mo­ment. Fergie squeezed ev­ery last drop out of that squad while City didn’t al­ways per­form to their po­ten­tial. ac­tor in that United crashed out of the Cham­pi­ons League and Europa League and you won­der if it’s be­come too big an ask for even Fer­gu­son to keep United up there on rel­a­tive but­tons.

When you add up what’s come in and what’s gone in the past five years, United have spent around £10m a year.

That should be a fart in the wind for a club their size.

Never mind farts, United are in the shit thanks to these own­ers.

Great? Do us a favour, Fergie.


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