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Fergie Acknowledged Fans' Concerns, At Last

Sir Alex Ferguson finally admitted that fans have every right to be concerned about the club's financial state. A bit more mature than 2005's 'go and watch Chelsea' retort.

'Everyone is entitled to their opinion and to express disapproval if they don't like what they see around them,' he wrote in the match programme.

'I am not slow to express disapproval myself if there is something I don't agree with - even in the boardroom with the directors.

'But once I walk out of that meeting I get on with my job as manager of the team.

'Some of our fans are clearly unhappy with the financial position but we mustn't allow the situation to become divisive.

'We must remain loyal to the cause of Manchester United.'

Fair enough. At least there's an official recognition that we do have opinions and are well within our rights to express them. The gold-and-green campaign is exactly what Fergie is asking for: we are still loyal to the cause of United, we do support the team and we reject crazy ideas like asking Ferguson to resign. But the campaign is also a gesture - it won't force the Glazers to f*** off, obviously, but at least it is a way to express our opinion in a way that is striking enough.

They say that one diagram is infinitely more convincing than thousands of spreadsheets - let's see if they get it.

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The Journalist

Writer: Zae Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday January 24 2010

Time: 1:13PM

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I don't think so. Fergie is still standing on the side of Glazers, saying all these just to appease the fans, as no one in the world other than Fergie can do that - mind game master is the perfect one to persuade the fans. Glazers knew this.
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24/01/2010 14:14:00

2 members viewing!! What's the point in Vital Answers on a postcard please.
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24/01/2010 14:15:00

Another thing that every Man Utd fans should realise is that: Glazers NEVER use any outside funds or money to reduce the debt. At least I have never seen any evidence that they did so or intend to do so. Instead they took away some of the club's profit/cash - as consultancy fees. They only use loan-refinancing to ease the interest payment recently. If they can't repay the refinanced loan after several years from now on, they will definitely sell Old Trafford, Carlington Training ground or some top players to repay the debt. This is the easy way out for them. But they NEVER use outside real cash to repay the debt. They use Man Utd's resources first, until they can't use the "cash cow" (i.e. Man Utd) anymore. When all resources are exhausted, they will sell the club. Some fans see it even better than me, thus they protest, and protest for a good reason simply because they can foresee the future better. Don't let the Glazers continue fooling you fans. They are typical cunning businessman. Remember that.
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24/01/2010 14:28:00

A grand old club, being pulled down by their greedy owners. Slowly. It's one of the saddest sights in football.
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24/01/2010 14:45:00

Agree, and this is only the beginning
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24/01/2010 16:31:00

to be fair its a long way away from liverpool or pompey, infact since the glazers took over utd have won the champs league? fergie has never complained, and its not as if he keeps his opinions to himself is it?
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24/01/2010 19:46:00

Fergie probably likes having the Glazersin control of the club. When it was a PLC he had to ask permission of several people to sign players. Now, I suspect the Glazers tell him how much money is in the pot and let him get on with it. The man has a giant ego, the Glazer's give that full reign Why would he want to rock the boat? Besides, it's been pretty successful for you thus far, can only assume that Fergie expects things to continue as they are.
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24/01/2010 23:07:00

The biggest shock for me is the recent reports that the swamp staff have to eat sandwiches whilst at eastlands its caviar and champagne for the cleaners every day.
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25/01/2010 21:18:00

is the Sandwiches real Prawn? or Shippams Prawn spread, with the cost cuttin thats going on.......happy days and long may it continue, CTID
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25/01/2010 21:46:00

Its a very sensitive issue and the media and our rival supporters will only try to make it worst for us so that there is a reaction from the supporters but the truth for me is that the only way we will see the back of the glazers is by receiving a crazy offer from another arab from the gulf,until then we can try anything but nothing will change and the protest will just be headline news in every news paper so that the people around the world can make fun of us and paint a dark picture of united.
Antriksh (abmtd)
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26/01/2010 08:09:00

So lets just enjoy the football as it is turning into the tightest title races for years in which any of the 3 teams can win.
Antriksh (abmtd)
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26/01/2010 08:12:00

Will go down to the last day, and as long as Chelski dont win Im happy for us or Arsenal to win........
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