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Manchester United Boss Does Not Support “Red Knights”: Is Sir Alex Being Wisely Pragmatic?

Sir Alex plays his cards close to his chest on the issue of potential change in the Old Trafford boardroom.

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Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has rejected claims he is supporting a potential takeover of the club by a group of wealthy fans.
It had been suggested Ferguson would invest his own money in the club if the bid by the “Red Knights” succeeded.
But Ferguson insisted the reports are “absolute rubbish – there is not an ounce of truth in it”.
On Sunday one of the “Red Knights” told BBC Sport that they had had no contact with Ferguson.
A United spokesman added: “[The owners] the Glazer family and the manager enjoy 100% trust in each other.”
The debt level of more than £700m incurred under the Glazers on a once-debt free company has caused unease among some supporters.
Thousands of fans have joined the green and gold protest against the Americans, who bought the club in 2005, by wearing the colours of Newton Heath – the club was renamed Manchester United in 1902.

And the Manchester United Supporters Trust, which is running a vocal campaign to bring about a change of ownership, says membership has doubled to about 100,000 in the past month, with much of that growth coming following the “Red Knights revelation”.
Ferguson has some friends among the Red Knights and has said he has “no problem” with the protestors.
“There were plenty of green and gold scarves on Sunday [in the Carling Cup final win over Aston Villa] and I was delighted to see them supporting the club,” he said.
“We are quite happy. As long as they are supporting Manchester United they can wear whatever they like.
“I have no issue with the Red Knights. I know some of them. I don’t deny them the right to protest.
“If they want to try and buy the club that is entirely up to them.” (BBC Sport)

Is there a better manager at knowing exactly what to say and knowing exactly when to say it? I doubt it. Read between the lines and you can see Sir Alex Ferguson is in many ways sitting nicely on the fence. Clearly he knows that there is a groundswell of opinion amongst the Old Trafford faithful that wants to see the Glazers on their way but clearly Fergie can not be seen to applaud those who show dissent to the club’s owners.

Fan power could well win the war on this one and anyone, even those who are arch rivals of Manchester United, should be showing their support to the MUST as they look to enact real change at the club who is slowly being run into the ground by its American owners.

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