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The Manchester United Supporters Trust really really hates the Glazers

Apr 22, 2014, 2:17 PM EDT

David Moyes' United side have a mountain to climb after being torn apart by Olympiakos. Getty Images

In a statement in which they lambasted the club’s owners for just about every bit of Red Devils failure, the Manchester United Supporters Trust let their feelings be known on the firing of David Moyes after less than a year on the job.

The statement is an at-times comical barrage of insults aimed at the Glazer family that even takes shots at the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as supposed clear link between Manchester United falling out of the UEFA Champions League and the game of American football.

It’s sure to label Alex Ferguson a genius and take away any responsibility from the Scot, who handpicked Moyes to be his successor and left him an aging if not depleted roster.

The Glazers record of appointments at the Tampa Bay Buccaneers is truly awful so it should come as no great surprise to see the same pattern emerge at Manchester United once the shield of Sir Alex Ferguson is no longer there to protect them.

The quicker the owners realise that the Club’s current problems are underpinned by the ownership model rather than just the identity of the manager, the better.

The challenge for the Glazers is that their ownership model, and valuation, is premised on the basis that either the club can operate on much lower investment levels and still compete as we did for so long under Sir Alex Ferguson or the club can generate enough surplus revenue to allow us to compete with the European elite whilst still having funds remaining for future dividends.

One thing spokesman Sean Bones got mostly right in his talk with Sky Sports was United’s waiting to speak to Moyes about a termination that was all over the news on Monday:

“Obviously it is wrong to brief journalists the day before and not speak to the manager himself.

“Manchester United has a lot of style and class and we don’t do things that way and to me this is typical behaviour of the Glazer family. We do things with style, class and dignity.”

This isn’t to say Bones is wrong to question the Glaziers at all. This firing, and season, has become an absolute circus. Perhaps it even started with allowing Ferguson to handpick his successor (though admittedly that probably slowed the fire that eventually engulfed Moyes). In any event, there’s a whole lot of anger in Manchester… and it could get worse before it gets better if United doesn’t land a big, big name to take over. One thing seems sure: it won’t be interim boss Ryan Giggs.

  1. drewvt6 - Apr 22, 2014 at 2:34 PM

    This is ridiculous xenophobic group think that I’d guess has some roots in anti-Semitism.

    • reformed2012 - Apr 22, 2014 at 10:43 PM

      Anti-Zionism != Anti-semitism

      Arabs are semites. I don’t see any anti-Arab sentiment here.

      Speaking against MUFC from being taken over by members of a degenrate race and running it to the ground is not anti-Semitism. It is a form of nationalism and patriotism.

      • drewvt6 - Apr 23, 2014 at 12:00 AM

        Ummm…wow. What’s that quote again? “Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt.”

        The Nazi’s would be proud of you.

  2. themajorleagueuser - Apr 22, 2014 at 3:41 PM

    Since 1995(When Glazer acquired the Buccaneers), the Tampa Bay Buccaneers won 146/295(.495), made 7 playoff appearances and won a Super Bowl(2002, XXXVII). That’s 18 total seasons.

    Since May 2005(Malcolm Glazer becomes majority owner of Manchester United(first took stake in club in 2003)): 5 time Premier League Champions, 3 time runner ups, won the league cup 3 times, 4 Community Shields, 1 time Champions League and 1 Club World Cup.

    Sure, that was all under Sir Alex Ferguson, but it’s Glazer’s money that is used for all those transfers and fees. Anyway, Manchester United fans shouldn’t be so fickle about their team’s performance in one season. The supporters trust is a bunch of entitled losers anyway. Could be worse, you could be Arsenal(I’m kidding, Gunners, but you haven’t won a title after Glazer became majority owner of Manchester United)

  3. maverickstar - Apr 22, 2014 at 6:14 PM

    I’m a United fan, but I’m baffled at how some of the supporters are lately. Screaming for Moyes head for weeks, and when he finally gets the boot, they still find reasons to complain. While they may have some points about the Glazers, trying to compare the handling of the Buccaneers to United is laughable. Trying to compare how teams in NFL are run to Premiere League is insane.

  4. chunkala - Apr 22, 2014 at 8:30 PM

    No, anti-semitism here but I know people who used ot work for the Glazers.
    They are a bit off, to say the least.

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