UK Some pundits are pushing dangerous Glazer myth about Man United transfer spend last minute news


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- Some have defended the way the Glazers have run Man Utd in the wake of the protests that caused the Liverpool game to be postponed.

UK Some pundits are pushing dangerous Glazer myth about Man United transfer spend last minute news


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- Some have defended the way the Glazers have run Man Utd in the wake of the protests that caused the Liverpool game to be postponed.

UK Some pundits are pushing dangerous Glazer myth about Man United transfer spend last minute news
03 May 2021 - 10:30

PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! It was telling that those who dismissed the scale and purpose of the Manchester United fan protest outside (and inside) Old Trafford on Sunday, were those without intimate knowledge of the club and its running. On the Sky Sports live coverage, Graeme Souness risked becoming even more unpopular in Manchester than he already was; the same can be said for Alan Shearer, speaking on Match of the Day later on Sunday evening. The former Liverpool and Newcastle heroes were never going to truly understand the fervour and feeling that was on display at the Theatre of Dreams, even if they made valid (albeit secondary) points about the small sections of protesting that turned ugly. Gary Neville and Roy Keane instead led the charge with comments that would have made the protesters proud. Neville called for ongoing opposition to the Glazer family’s ownership, while Keane admitted he found it difficult to criticise any element of the protest. Both showed a deeper understanding of the reason the masses were gathering at the gates of Old Trafford. But the arguments put forward by Shearer and Souness left a particularly sour taste in the mouth for United supporters, and their content should be dispelled as something of a myth in the wider context of anti-Glazer sentiment among the fanbase. Shearer said brazenly that “only Manchester City have spent more” than United in recent years, suggesting the owners had done their job in terms of financing the club. Video Loading Video Unavailable Click to play Tap to play The video will auto-play soon8Cancel Play now Souness, similarly quoting figures about transfer outlay, defended how much money the Glazers have spent at United. “I don’t think it will [have an impact],” he said on the protest. “The Glazers, since Fergie retired, have given successive managers over a billion pound to spend. I think it’s £719million net spend over the eight years.” The next part of Souness’ assessment truly went beyond the pale for many United fans, as he suggested the lack of success on the pitch was the only reason for the protests taking place now. He added: "I think it’s born out of United not being top dogs as much as what happened last week [the European Super League proposals], I think that’s another excuse to have a go at them. These are serious, serious business people, I don’t think this will impact on their thoughts. I really don’t.” Souness must have forgotten that the height of the anti-Glazer protests at United came in 2010, when the team was thriving under Sir Alex Ferguson as winners of the Premier League in the three previous years and as Champions League finalists in 2008 and 2009 (they would reach it again, after winning the league in 2011). Read More Related Articles Alan Shearer labels Manchester United fans' anti-Glazer protest "unacceptable" Read More Related Articles Outside their fans chanted 'we decide when you play', inside all Manchester United's stars could do was watch and wait The green and gold campaign then was a response to the enormous debt the Glazer ownership had left the club saddled with; it was a response to the steady decline at the summit, the money being taken out by the Glazers, the fact United had sold Cristiano Ronaldo for a world record fee in 2009 and not replaced him.

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. The other point Souness made is perhaps even more insulting, comparing United’s transfer spend to that of Man City, suggesting the Glazers had done enough in the market to legitimise their running of the club. He is right that they've spent £1bn on players since 2013. The very big difference is City don’t have a net debt that has grown to £455.5 million, as of March this year. They've also had considerably more success, not just in terms of winning the Premier League, but with making cohesive and sensible signings — using the money wisely. Furthermore, United’s Mancunian rivals have a benevolent owner who is bankrolling them with his own cash injections; the Glazers are doing the very opposite, piggybacking on United’s commercial success and taking money out. Anything spent on transfers comes thanks to TV broadcast income, merchandise and ticket sales — all via supporters’ money. Pictures: Manchester United fans storm Old Trafford twice during protest against Glazers View gallery Okay, the increase in debt and slight reduction in revenue in the past year has been a result of the covid-19 pandemic, but United have been in the red from the very first day of the Glazer regime. They hadn’t been in debt at all since 1931 before the American family arrived. Spending money on transfers is a prerequisite for a club of United’s size. They are, commercially, the strongest club in the Premier League and the fourth strongest in the world — a revenue of €580.4m only bettered by Real Madrid, Barcelona and Bayern Munich. United should be spending more money on transfers than anyone else. They should also be running a much slicker operation not just in terms of making the right signings, but in relation to stadium upkeep, club infrastructure and debt management, all issues are under the microscope at United right now thanks to the protests. The vast majority of fans protesting on Sunday knew all of this. It was just a shame some pundits seemed to miss the point entirely. Read More Related Articles Manchester United Supporters' Trust call on Joel Glazer to listen to protesters and act Read More Related Articles Manchester United fans finally sent a message the Glazer family cannot ignore

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