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A letter to the Glazer Family

Dear Sirs and Scoundrels:

Let me first start by thanking you for making this summer the mother of all Hells. You along with your friends at Arsenal have made the “Silly Season” (aka summer transfer window) the “Stupid Season” and a period of history that will go down in defining your lack of competence, sincerity, honesty and integrity. You have gone and taken this club, once the beacon and shining light of football in Britain and around the world and turned it into to the standing joke of the year. And all this while you can still claim the title of defending Premier League Champions.

Impressive, most impressive.

So what the Hell am I whining about then if we are defending champions of the Barclays Premiers League? Well first of all, lets put the credit for those victories right where it belongs, with the legend himself, your former manager and unfortunate ally the great Sir Alex Ferguson. Without him the charade you, as well as your corporate lackey (I’m talking about you Edward Woodward) continue to perpetrate on the loyal but mostly naïve followers of Manchester United would surely have been exposed long ago and your decline and fall to grace would also have come much sooner than it is going to.

The lies, extortion of money and all the other disgusting and counter productive practices that have defined your so-called ownership would have been exposed long ago? The fact that the good people of Manchester (the red side of town) have willingly allowed your ownership to slowly strip away the club’s finances, prestige and ability to compete at the highest level is nothing short of criminal.

I realize for those followers of yours who still believe in your crooked regime or who just do not see what I am on about, that what I am saying is just nonsensical and based on bitterness and misinformation. Sorry but not everyone is an easy mark in your elaborate but thinly disguised confidence game. Many continue to turn a blind eye and believe in your warped and deceitful ownership. They buy into all of your machinations and manoeuvres but and they continue to ignore the most obvious and glaring omission that best defines your ownership tenure and record. The fact that you have allowed and in fact have sanctioned the slow decay of the actual football club on the pitch to proceed without spending the necessary cash that is needed to improve the team as well as stop the aging process and rot.

You all should be ashamed of yourselves. You forced a hostile takeover of this great club through a sleazy and what should be considered an illegal leverage buyout by borrowing against the club you really didn’t personally own, yet you got away with this while building an astronomical debt that has tied the hands of the club and made it impossible for them to carry on doing it’s usual business the way it has been used to for decades. You literally tied the manager’s hands behind his back and severely limited his ability to spend money for team building while also limiting the ability to keep many of his existing players happy by placing a below standard salary cap that would from that point on limit our purchasing power amongst the growing breed of money hungry mercenaries that today call themselves players.

You took over a highly successful club and a marquis organization that was the envy of Britain and Europe. Then you went ahead with your own marketing and promotional genius to help it grow into even stronger and meaner money making worldwide machine. You improved our brand name and enhanced our marketing and appeal by opening up the global avenues for commercialization and in that area you deserve respect and credit. But what is it all for if the club on the pitch does not benefit from this cash influx your marketing machine has created?

In all you marketing and promotional wisdom you forgot about the most important aspect in running a business, the quality control and freshness of your product. Somewhere down the line you got so caught up in extorting the record profits that were coming in from your branding and promotion of the club that you forgot the reason why you were able to promote this club in the first place. You forgot the reputation and legacy this club has built comes from decades of unparalleled success under two managers, Ferguson and Sir Matt Busby. This club’s success under these two men built the name and reputation of Manchester United in the United Kingdom and around the world. But then again you already knew this and that is why you crossed the Atlantic to take this club over. 2008 was rough year for Family Glazer as your empire took a big hit from the economic crash and your shopping mall empire was creating many ghost towns throughout America. You needed a moneymaker to help keep you in those beach side Floridian mansions you are so comfortable living in and what better dupe was there to ensure that continued than Manchester United, the gift that keeps on giving.

You already knew just how reassuring a sports franchise could be as well as how gullible an entire community could be if they were football crazy. The Tamp Bay Buccaneers you own have thanks to you, the lowest team salary scale in all of the National Football League. And unless they draft a star right out of college, have not had a star player with a high salary on the club in over a decade. Yet the club continues to sell out game after game, the community provided you with a new stadium and the fans still turn out despite the fact that the club sucks and their mediocrity is second to none. Tell me, is that the model you are using for Manchester United, especially now that Sir Alex no longer can work his mirror tricks as well as challenge you with your lack of player spending? Is that why David Moyes was a must sign manager for you? Was he your man because he could make a small club with no spending budget tread above water and even occasionally beat the better teams? A man who would know his roll and not challenge the owners and not ask questions about transfer budgets? Yes men are hard to find I know, but boy they are valuable when it comes to maintaining the status quo. Spend very little on the club and take the money made by the organization, put it towards yourselves and also improving corporate boxes and appeasing clients who will keep the money stream flowing for years to come. Sounds good in theory but you missed one key element in ensuring your long-term success.

Malcolm and sons, you seem to be missing the major point. To ensure your club’s long-term success and ability to maximize it’s money making potential worldwide, you need to ensure the club’s continued success on the pitch in all competitions. That requires an investment of profits that go back into team building by way of purchasing better and more expensive players. All restaurants have food costs and all retail businesses purchase merchandise to sell, yet you lame brained numb nuts seem to think that the revenue stream that United has created from decades of dominance on the pitch, will continue and never slow down. That the present squad that is under your employment will continue to win trophies without the need of new players injecting much need skill and new blood into a team that has long gone stale. Football clubs need constant recycling and tweaking for their continued improvement and success. Yet you have damaged the club’s reputation within the industry by making it impossible for the manager to buy players to improve the club. Not only do you not give him the necessary cash needed for a rebuild, but also you lie, deceive and manipulate the public with your deceitful intentions. You have no intention of taking money out of your own pockets to fund player purchases and so you have hired a manager who will tow the company line but who also hasn’t got the pedigree to attract the very best players to United. All part of your cunning plan along with making bids and showing interest in players who have no interest in playing for your club or especially under David Moyes.

Your methods are so disgusting and obvious to the trained eye yet you are able to keep millions of us loyal to the club hopeful and wishful. Every morning we wake up and go to our pc’s to see what transfer news has transpired that day. Has United finally signed a player? Well of course the answer to that is no. Instead what we read on a day to day basis is a continuation of the same old soap opera that you and your boardroom employees have so carefully crafted. A flimflam scam designed to keep hopes high with the wish that the positive beginning of a season will soon shut us all up and eventually another dreaded transfer window has closed and you can go on with your business of promotion and extortion until the next dreaded transfer window opens and you once again have to concoct another elaborate ruse and confidence game to keep us entertained and hopeful. Well I for one am on to you and your silly parlour games and I am fed up with the lot of you.

How long do you honestly expect this club to be on top in England if you continue to ignore the need to purchase better players for positions of need? Although I would love a Ronaldo or Bale, I am not asking or demanding either. Still, players like that would go a long way in strengthening your club on the pitch, your world brand and the sale of merchandise surrounding the chosen player would be a revenue stream you shouldn’t ignore but then again your adage for making money is by never spending any. All I am asking for is quality players to fill our holes in midfield and at left back. Players of quality who can step in and give Manchester United the injection of class and quality it will need for David Moyes to succeed as manager and to allow us the realistic chance of defending our championship for years to come as well as make us a legitimate threat in Europe again.

Why can you not see that ignoring the club’s needs on the pitch, you risk damaging the club’s prestige and standing that inevitably will hurt the brand and it’s selling appeal around the world? Why are you so intent on following your American rival John Henry by lowering expectations and destroying United in the way he has turned the once proud giant Liverpool FC into a modern day also ran and mediocrity? You are all so naïve in believing the money stream will never stop flowing and that the club will always be on top despite your ignorance and unwillingness for squad improvements. You are cashing in on the club and you are basing your projections on past accomplishments, with little regard and concern for the immediate or long term future and success of the club. For supposedly elite thinking and savvy businessmen, your narrow vision and focus on this issue is rather staggering to say the least.

Your irresponsibility is becoming legend and you ignorance to needs and interests of the club and its legions of supporters is tantamount to criminal. Shame on all of you for your criminal actions and lack of scruples regarding the running of this club. Shame on you for the endless lies and deceit that you perpetrate on all the club’s supporters. Shame on you for the astronomical ticket prices and for your future plans for pay tv, as well as for your unwillingness to buy quality players yet never sell those players on the club who are worthless or disloyal. Shame on you for making our club a laughing stock in the eyes of the media, players and agents who no longer see United as a go to destination. The game is over. There is no more Sir Alex to hide behind. He no longer can cover over the cracks in the foundation that you have created.

Finally, to all your so called supporters and there are scumbags out there that do support your evil cause or are blinded by our short term successes, I have no sympathy or time for their excuses, fabrications and canards that try to mask over your horrific running of this great club. Nothing would make me happier than for you to sell this club to a person or persons who above all respect the institution that is Manchester United, and who want to see this franchise continue to dominate the British game with winning, attacking and attractive football. Something that takes money to ensure and something you clearly haven’t got the class or moral fibre to ensure and provide. You have kidnapped and held hostage a grand football institution and through this unpunished criminal act you benefited greatly by padding your wallets with incredible wealth. Now it’s time to give back to the club. Either sell the club or give this manager a fighting chance to survive by offering him the real, and not imagined bankroll he will require in order to buy the players needed to guarantee our future success. Do this or go to Hell.

It’s time Manchester United fans got mad and got even with your lot. You have gotten away with murder for far too long and it’s high time most supporters got mad as Hell and no longer will take the bull shit you serve us on a continual basis. It’s time for us to rebel against you and demand satisfaction and hold you accountable for your mismanagement. I for one am incredibly unhappy with the direction this club is taking and despite our opening day win vs Swansea, I demand that you honestly and sincerely sanction the purchase of two world class midfielders. Stop lying and show us the money. Stop insulting us and stop insulting clubs like Everton by offering insulting amounts of money for players worth twice the amount. Stop playing games because frankly, you suck at it. Grow a pair and appease the millions who pay their hard earned money to support the second richest club in the world. You may be claiming the status of second richest, but with the buying power and allure of the 200th richest, no thanks to your neglect and narrow vision. You should be embarrassed and ashamed, but then again your legacy in America is already a massive embarrassment and shameful example of capitalism gone wrong, so I guess what you are doing to United just falls perfectly into your well documented modus operandi. Disgust and contempt do not fully describe the emotions I feel toward you for what you have done and are doing to my beloved United.

Yet again, SHAME ON YOU ALL.

67 Comments

67 Comments

  1. khalid7

    21 August 2013 at 22:56

    i feel this article should have been published only after the window closed. some of the things said here are going to look really stupid if we sign 1-2 good players in the next few days

    • Redrich

      22 August 2013 at 01:01

      @khalid7: Points made were on point, mate. The Glazer game plan is clear, and even if it includes an appeasement or two to the natives, you ARE being raped and pillaged nonetheless.
      If there was any ambition to turn this club into a world beater on the pitch, we would have seen a steady and thoughtful building over the years when all our stalwarts were declining in ability.
      The aim now is to try to maintain some form of status quo while the Brothers Grimm are taking truck loads of cash out the back door.

    • Grognard

      22 August 2013 at 05:11

      @khalid7: What can I say mate, I actually wrote it and I’m a daredevil. I don’t wait around to be proven wrong, I challenge United to prove me wrong. Either way, I win. 😀

      • Redrich

        22 August 2013 at 05:26

        @Grognard: Grog, if you wrote it,why did you put Ian’s name on it??

        • Grognard

          22 August 2013 at 05:51

          @Redrich: I didn’t. I write the article, send it to Ian and he posts it. He just forgot to change the admin default when he posted it.

      • Otunuga Baggies Adegboyega

        23 August 2013 at 17:20

        @Grognard: u sure have spoken the mind of most utd fans who have been watching what the Glazers have been doing to this club, in terms of keeping it competitive on the pitch. I think the American owners of football club/s in England are more profit-driven than giving value to the fans by recruiting star players. I am happy this ranting comes now when d Glazers can still save their face&for once put smile on the faces of utd fans who are bewildered by lack of concrete action from their beloved club

  2. Jayo

    21 August 2013 at 23:19

    I gave up reading this after the first paragraph as it is quite clearly more of the same pointless ranting we have grown accustomed to since the Glazers came in. Like it or not, our great club is STILL a great club. Yes the Glazers used the club to make money, but they are first and foremost businessmen and like it or not, football is a business as much as it is a sport. Despite the debt (which is shrinking at a faster rate than anyone expected), United continue to win trophies. They are now officially the most successful team in England.
    Without reading all of the rant, I am certain there is a moan about no big signings this summer. First of all, the window isnt closed yet. Secondly, United dont need to make huge marquee signings. We leave that sort of thing to the likes of City. Remember the city fans chanting “we got Robinho”? Well we got the title that year! I think the real route of this letter to the Glazers is fear. Fear of the unknown. For the first time in a lot of United fans lives, we have a new manager. I dont hold that same fear. I supported the team through the Atkinson years and a few before that too. I lived the life of looking up at Pool while they dominated. I however do not fear those mediocre days returning because I can see what we have at the club. We have some fantastic young players coming through. We have a team full of a perfect mix of young and experienced talent.
    I do not want to see the club become another club that splashs money about for fun. I would only be happy with one signing demanding what I term “silly money”, and that is Ronaldo. I dont see it happening and that is nothing to do with a lack of desire from the club.
    The club have attempted to sign a few players, but for whatever reason they said no. Again, nothing to do with the glazers.
    If fans put as much effort into supporting the team as they do hating the glazers, maybe the atmosphere at OT wouldnt be as tame as it often is.

    • The_Philosopher

      22 August 2013 at 08:43

      @Jayo: Good points made here.

      Very level headed response.

      Football is a business yes. But not every club in the world is run by blood sucking parasites like the Glazers.

      Some clubs have very benevolent owners.

      Getting rid of the Glazers wouldn’t be a bad idea. . .

    • reality

      23 August 2013 at 08:08

      @Jayo: well said jayo. Grognards whinging and impotent pining over a marquee signing marks him as a fairweather supporter. His sense of entitlement and self righteous criticism of our great club is downright embarrassing,particularly as he purports to follow Bayern in Europe. You really could not make it up!! 😉 I want to advise grog to get behind Moyes and the club 100% but alas I can never do so as grog mind-bogglingly only half supports United, he rather turncoatedly, supports Bayern in Europe.

    • Otunuga Baggies Adegboyega

      23 August 2013 at 17:35

      Not every criticism is destructive….though some portion of the write up could be alarmist&we may not really need a marquee signing like d amount Madrid is peddling for Bale, yet is it not embarrassingly curious that man utd never officially bid for Alcantra till Gurdiola snapped him for Bayern? why must we table a ridiculous amount to include Fellaini when it was so clear we need a gangling midfielder of his mould, etc? It is good to continue to ask such questions before our club becomes Arsenal? in England&Europe….the class&prestige associated with man utd worldwide remains a brand won by its class of fans&the legendary manager, Sir Alex Ferguson and that is why their voice must count…I am confident about Moyes not just for how he handled Everton fc for about 11 yrs with meager funds but also because SAF said so, hence my dream for him to surprise many even in his debuting yr&it all starts with how well he can secure necessary players to twinkle his inherited team for England&Europe

  3. danny

    21 August 2013 at 23:24

    brillian article………sadly moyes will incur the wrath that the glazers should get…we won the league because we had a manager so brilliant we could get a decent side to win the league…………the wrath will wrongly be against moyes (top class) when it should be directed at the glazers and fergies baffling love of them……

    • Redrich

      22 August 2013 at 01:10

      @danny: If you say “Green”, I’ll say “Gold”. 🙂

    • greatsoccer

      22 August 2013 at 07:04

      @Redrich: @danny: 😆 brilliant comment,brilliant fans

  4. arogundade ademola

    21 August 2013 at 23:52

    stupid glazzires.we need experienced midfilders before chelsea match

  5. The red baron

    22 August 2013 at 00:23

    Think everything was sumed up in that article .have always said from the initial takeover that the glazers are a cancer slowly eating away at the fabric of mufc. Just seen our club as a convenient cash cow to enhance their business empire. How anyone could try and defend these parasites is totally beyond me. What saddened me more than anything was how our glorious ex manager ended up basically becoming a glazer apostle and backing them to the hilt while they slowly abused the football club. I emphasise football club because that’s what we are, a proud f c with history and roots . something the glazers have forgot along the way. The biggest scandal for me was, what the fuck ever happened to the world record transfer fee we received for Ronaldo?.it was never reinvested in the team just used to service the debt. A scandal of highest fuckin order yet never a murmur from any other fucker on the board. The day the glazers pack up and leave will be one of the greatest days in mufc history.

    • Grognard

      22 August 2013 at 05:31

      @The red baron: Over the years I actually took a lot of heat on hear for challenging Fergie over his allegiance to the Jesse James Gang who were robbing us blind. I was pissed off at him mightily. I also had had it with his necessary negative tactics which he was forced to employ in order to ensure the best possible outcome with this bunch he managed.

      As I see it Fergie was getting up there and he really never had the stomach anymore to really get into it with his employer. They may not have offered him the kind of transfer kitty he wanted but if he wanted a van Persie or Berbatov the Glazer’s usually acquiesced. They also left the running of the team to him and during that period it was clear that Gill worked for Fergie. These days it looks clear that Woody the Weasel works for the Glazer’s. In 2009 Fergie was nearing 70 and he was only concerned with beating the Liverpool record of league titles. So he did what he felt necessary to achieve that in a league that was competitive but that was losing it’s edge to Spain and Germany. He knew his chances in Europe weren’t as great without Ronaldo but to his credit, he still got us to a final without Ronaldo which for me was pretty miraculous considering how long and how mediocre our midfield as been during those years.

      To be honest, I give Fergie that. If all he was concerned with was padding his legacy with no upstairs interference, then he deserved it simply because after twenty some years in charge, he earned that right. Fergie is gone now and he is forgiven for his part in covering up for the Glazer extortion machine’s policies. Dave Moyes will not get off so lucky. He was hired because he is a loyal yes man and a man who is used to managing with little to know transfer budget. Just what the Glazer’s ordered. I like David Moyes and I want him to succeed. I feel he has paid his dues and deserves a drive in a Ferrari. Problem is United is dressed to look like a Ferrari but inside it’s got a rebuild Chevrolet engine and a lot of aging rusty parts.

      • The red baron

        22 August 2013 at 09:59

        @Grognard: the point I was trying to make about fergie was, a genius for what he achieved on the pitch over the length of his glorious career but on the administration side there’s questions should of been asked.for a man of very strong socialist beliefs and values how could he defend the undefensable.it was like the iraqi general on tv during the gulf war stating everything was ok and the enemy was nowhere to be seen while u.s tanks drove around in the background. If he would of stud up to them during his reign we might of had a different scenario. Was common knowledge how much power he wield in the corridors of o.t and had the backing of all the fans, so rather than take the fight to the glazers from within, he toed the party line and became an ally of the enemy within. So sad. That’s why I believe, like you said, he was more concerned with cementing his legacy and feathering his nest, than staying true to his values and taking them on.

  6. Redrich

    22 August 2013 at 00:45

    IAN… MY MAN 🙂

    Welcome to the Dark Side my friend 😈 😈

    Kidding aside, great article. Succinct, earnest and to the point. We’ve let them off the hook too many times in recent years and now the price of their neglect will be paid by us, the faithful.

    We say all this, though, but I still reckon we’ll sign a “token” or two before the end of the month.
    They may be scoundrels but they’re not stupid.

    • Grognard

      22 August 2013 at 05:07

      @Redrich: BAZINGA!!!!!! Twas I who wrote the article mate. Serously. Ian just forgot to change the authorship when he posted it. Trust me, the last thing Ian wants to do is to take credit for some of the dark stuff I write. I’m actually shocked nobody questioned whether I wrote it due to the subject matter and tone. 😀

      • Redrich

        22 August 2013 at 05:30

        @Grognard: OK got it!
        I still wholeheartedly agree with every word and principal. Hope you told Ian, mate. 😯 🙂 😯 🙂

        • Grognard

          22 August 2013 at 05:35

          @Redrich: He’ll figure it out eventually. He did it last article too and I let him know. He’s a busy man so I eventually he will notice it and make the change. Besides, I’m sure that some of the views probably would have been less agreeable from the start if everyone had knownthat the Prince of Fucking Darkness wrote it. 😀 😀

      • The_Philosopher

        22 August 2013 at 08:52

        @Grognard: Yes Grog.

        The style is totally you.

    • Ian

      22 August 2013 at 08:03

      I don’t think so my friend!

  7. Salford Red.

    22 August 2013 at 02:01

    Fantastic article. I went to the bank today and felt the true sting of my season ticket renewal. Don’t get paid to 15th of next month. We will not make any signings. Unfortunately, the usual suspects will make the same excuses and the storm will blow over.

    • Grognard

      22 August 2013 at 05:36

      @Salford Red.: I feel for you mate. It’s affecting you financially where it hurts and add to that, nearly every penny goes to the Glazer’s and the debt. Happy times indeed eh.

  8. Redrich

    22 August 2013 at 02:08

    OK, so I’m hearing now that a Spanish radio station are confirming reports that Bale will sign for RM for a world record 85m.
    If it’s true, it will probably open the sluices on the TM.
    Two players threatened by Bale’s presence would be Modric and Ozil, and quite frankly, they could be deemed “expendable” by the Spaniards.
    This would be United’s opportunity to swoop in for one or the other, or both!!
    It would not surprise me, because of reasons stated in the past, that we don’t pull off some kind of crowd pleasing coup now. 😯

    • Opti

      22 August 2013 at 04:52

      @Redrich: Did United wait until Bale deal was done to “Swoop” in… keeping fingers crosses may cut off their circulation at this rate…

      • Redrich

        22 August 2013 at 04:59

        @Opti: Who knows, but it’s clearly a big op. At this point I’m welcoming any form of optimism! 🙂

        • Grognard

          22 August 2013 at 05:09

          @Redrich: Optimism! We don’t offer optimism here. You want optimism, go to a Mourinho blog. No soup for you. 😉 😉 😀 😀

    • Grognard

      22 August 2013 at 05:43

      @Redrich: I don’t think we will actually go for Ozil. If Fergie has a say I know we won’t. He is not a man who appreciates being snubbed the first time and to my memory, never ever went for a player again after being snubbed before. Ozil is world class but with the emergence of Janusaj and Lingard, I feel United can ride the Kagawa wagon for a year before unleashing those two young rascals on the world. Ozil would be nice but in the long term, he blocks those kids from getting a fair shot and I for one am very impressed with the composure and skill set of Janusaj especially. Ozil is a luxury that we don’t really need. Modric on the other hand or Khedira are more to our liking and requirements. And if we pull off a numb nuts buy like Kaka, expect me to go balistic on this blog. Kaka in many languages means shit and for me he is total shit. In fact I was one of the loudest people to call this player way overrated when he was ranked #1 in the world. Now he is #500 in the world and I’m almost afraid he sounds like the perfect Glazer style purchase.

      • Redrich

        22 August 2013 at 05:54

        @Grognard: I was always looking at RM discards for this summers signings. It works well with our “alley cat” mentality, after all.
        Sniffing around the scraps of a good restaurant will probably give you decent meal. 😯

        • Grognard

          22 August 2013 at 06:07

          @Redrich: I was too. It was very clear that the Bale purchase was intended to make up for them eventually losing Ronaldo and as this was going to break the bank for them literally, they need to cut costs. Buying Isco makes Ozil expendable. They also have several other midfielders and so losing either Khedira or Modirc or Alonso is an option they have to take. Alonso is a Spanish fave so I think he stays but the other two go or at least one of them does. For United to not get something tangible from this fire sale would be tantamount to king sized incompetence or out them once and for all for the flimflam artists that they are.

    • Grognard

      22 August 2013 at 06:03

      @Redrich: What I don’t want to see is buying players for the sake of saving face. A few years ago Arsenal got murdered by us 8-2 and heads were going to roll unless emergency measures were taken. They went on to buy a bunch of players in one big week who were good but far from what Arsenal needed and was used to buying. Arteta, Mertesacker were decent purchases, Santos and Benayoun were wastes of money. Now Arsenal have a gun to their head again and to be honest, I kind of feel for Wenger even though his stubborn patience and transfer policies have gotten him to this point.

      I want Moyes to make a couple of quality signings. I just don’t want a couple of signings to save face. Kaka for example would be a save face signing as would a Cabaye be. No, I want Modric or Khedira out of Madrid, and I want Fellaini. I also would like Luke Young from Southampton. Anything less would disappoint me. And they should be worried about disappointing me 😉 😉 or I shall rain fierce and venomous anger down upon them in Samuel Jackson style. 😀

  9. adie

    22 August 2013 at 05:08

    addition to the letter — Sign Players not fucking Indian Apollo Tyres.

    • Grognard

      22 August 2013 at 06:12

      @adie: Great point mate. Apollo Tyres is what the Glazer’s do best and why they own the club in the first place. Business deals that direct money straight into their personal coffers. Anybody who would applaud such deals out there should be strung up and lynched I say.

  10. berns otipah

    22 August 2013 at 05:12

    Glazers are the worst thing to have ever happened to mufc.They have mastered their art of pretence yet soon,the fans will reject them,we shall go on to demand that the must leave the club.God help mufc

  11. Redrich

    22 August 2013 at 05:35

    Grognard is a Nazi, I’m convinced.
    No soup, are you kidding! 😆 😆 😆

    • Grognard

      22 August 2013 at 05:47

      @Redrich: Achtung Baby!!!! 😀 😀
      Redrich… BANNED ONE YEAR. NO SOUP FOR YOU.

      • Redrich

        22 August 2013 at 05:59

        @Grognard: 😆 😆

        • Grognard

          22 August 2013 at 06:14

          @Redrich: At some point my friend, we need to throw some humor out there to numb us from the pain of waiting for something positive to happen from the “Silly Season”. 😀

  12. Redrich

    22 August 2013 at 06:30

    I would like to challenge every single United supporter to a very simple thought.
    – Do you have more confidence about your team now, than you did a year ago?
    It’s a simple question without any weight, and I hope you answer honestly.
    I ask because I sense a less than optimistic feeling about this season. I could be wrong, but I sense a contrast to the hopes that buoyed us 12 months ago.
    Another good question would be: Do you expect United to win more or less silverware this season, compared with last?

    Be honest, and be loyal to yourselves!

    • red astair

      22 August 2013 at 07:27

      @Redrich: Honestly, no, I’m not as confident this season about our chances. Saying that I haven’t been that confident at the start of the season for a couple of years now, but we still get there.
      This time, there are several factors making me feel uneasy:

      1. David Moyes – not that I doubt his ability, but he’s new to Utd and will need time.
      2. Lack of new and needed players.
      3. SAF – SAF was a kind of buffer between the fans and the Glazers, I’m sure that with him there they still had to keep up some kind of appearance.
      4. The Glazers – My biggest fear for Utd is that the Glazers are asset strippers, and with SAF gone, the next part of the plan comes into being.
      5. The fact is, as a fan I love Utd, like all fans, and not the Glazers, obvious I know. It’s a fact that is also obvious to the Glazers who are and will continue to take advantage of it.

      This season it’s more a fear that we will see the Glazers true colours than a lack of confidence in the coaching and playing staff. Until the Glazers are long gone I think times might just get harder by the year.

    • Grognard

      22 August 2013 at 10:33

      @Redrich: Well we have already won just as much silverware. Perhaps not as valuable but silverware nonetheless. As for the confidence question, absolutely not. A team needs to upgrade every season in order to continue to go forward. We have done nothing to improve other than promote some of our kids which I’m afraid will be loaned out anyway. I hope not but United have dealt a bad deal to many a young player over the years so that slugs like Anderson could play while we also love to bring the rocking chair out to the pitch for the Scholes and Giggs revival show every week. If we aren’t going to buy anyone of substance, then play the kids and to hell with our position. If we play Zaha, Lingard and especially Janusaj now, they will all drive us to the top within 2 to 3 seasons due to their quality. I truly believe this but do United?

  13. Redrich

    22 August 2013 at 06:42

    Grog, Humor is king in times of strife – absolutely, mate.
    We all take ourselves way too seriously about stuff that is way too trivial.
    If life has meaning……

    we wont find it here!

    🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

  14. mukan alfred

    22 August 2013 at 07:23

    spot on!

  15. The_Philosopher

    22 August 2013 at 08:32

    I will admit that I really don’t know much about the Glazers.

    But if Grog’s rantings are anything to go by, these blood sucking leeches have no interest in football and are cancerous to the future of our club.

    Even Eric Cantona was baffled in an interview once when he was asked on his thoughts on the Glazer’s buy out. He said something that went a little like this: “They are Americans. What do they know about football? I don’t know why they would buy United.”

    The Glazers care nothing about the club and are only here to milk us dry.

    The pay TV thing is also very disquieting and smacks of vulture like commercial tactics.

    And what do you do with cancer? You cut it out, right? Or it will take you out. Thats why I think we need a global leader to emancipate the Manchester United tribe from the life sucking tyranny of the Glasers.

    The bottom line is that United is in the wrong hands. And we need to change that. These people care nothing about the welfare of the club. They don’t even like ‘soccer’ so why are we allowing such parasites to run our beloved United?

    If MUST can’t do it someone else can. Either way, ridding United of the Glasers is an imperative.

    I’m not sure I agree so much with regards to Moyes. I really think he was selected on merit. Yes I will concede that his ability to make things happen despite a lack of funds was attractive to some of the people making the decision to hire. But I believe as far as Ferguson is concerned Moyes was hired on merit.

    • Grognard

      22 August 2013 at 10:42

      @The_Philosopher: They know how to run the club as a business. They have no clue how to run the club on the pitch. One thing that they are incredibly short sighted about however is that if they allow the club to collapse on the pitch, all those licensing revenues generated with advertisers around the globe like Apollo Tyres will dry up unless the club is competitive and constantly in the public eye through it’s winning ways. Advertisers like to piggy back on a winner. Don’t buy better players and force the club to rely on the Anderson’s and Cleverley’s of the world and their global brand will eventually implode in their face the way Liverpool’s has. It amazes me that they cannot comprehend the age old concept that in order to make money, you need to spend it.

  16. daggy6619

    22 August 2013 at 09:01

    this is reallly long. 😕

    • The_Philosopher

      23 August 2013 at 04:50

      @daggy6619: Yeah took me a fair bit of time to get through it as well. . .

  17. reality

    22 August 2013 at 11:49

    More naive negativity from our toy throwing, teenage dirtbag of the year. he talks about supporter loyalty :mrgreen: yet supports 2 clubs. 😉
    groggy,you are an angry and confused cynic, you know nothing about United, you project your lack of real identity onto a club you have no association with in order to have an object for venting your angry and confused identity crisis. Groggy’s infantile and irrational bitterness and hatred find their displaced object in figures such as Rooney, Sir Alex and the Glaziers. Grog then confuses his impotent ranting with having a ‘hard core’ identity as an imaginary United ‘ultra’. All the time grog is on the outside
    looking in, always the frustrated wannabe. Grog shows no understanding whatsoever of what it means to be a true collecrive minded fan, who truly supports his club. An imaginary ‘hardcore United supporter’ yet supports another club equally.
    Ha ha ! Comedy gold. You really couldnt make it up. Anyone reckon he’s a Bitter in disguise.

    • Grognard

      22 August 2013 at 17:26

      @reality: 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆

    • The_Philosopher

      23 August 2013 at 05:06

      @reality: This is unnecessary mate.

      Ragging on Grog has got nothing to do with United.

      If you’ve got a view on the club then by all means, share it. But if you’re only coming on here to rag on someone else then whats the point?

      • reality

        23 August 2013 at 07:25

        @The_Philosopher: please read jayo’s post above, on so called fan’s pointless ranting.no wonder jayo didnt bother to read the post.
        if groggy wants to slag off United publicly, including having a go at sir Alex and calling the club “the most insecere” then he’ll have to put up with the criticism of his spoiled and irrational feelings of entitlement. I have followed Unitrd since early 60s through thick and thin. Like jayo I am not feeling entitled to anything but love the thrill of the challenge each season.
        Further insult is only added to injury when said supporter only half supports our club, and half supports Bayern. This is a nonsense position and makes his whinging all the more fake and frankly ridiculous.

  18. tonymontanna4united

    22 August 2013 at 13:23

    You know, I can’t help but cast envious glances towards Spurs at the minute, and the way that they are going about replacing Bale as his move to Madrid seems to get closer and closer.
    No calls of “no value in the market” ringing out, no BS “oh we’ll save it and add it to the warchest” no “we’re happy with the squad as it is”, they’ve just buckled down identified what they’re after and gone out to get it.
    It’s why they’re on the verge of signing both Willian and Lamela, and why they might too have Coentrao coming in as part of the Bale deal.
    So they could quite easily end the summer having spent effectively nothing and yet brought in the likes of Paulinho, Capoue, Coentrao, Soldado, Willian and Lamela. 6 very good to top class players to compensate losing Bale, arguably strengthening the team overall.
    It just brings back my anger in the way we went about replacing ronnie thanks to the penny pinching ways of our owners.
    Valencia a decent replacement but overall not a star signing, obertan a far out punt that was always going to be a risk and a 30 year old owen on a free transfer. Oh and Mame Biram Diouf aswell before I forget 🙄 Hardly making a statement there were we.
    And yes before anyone comes on and says “we’ve won 2 PL’s in that time”, yes we have still been successful. But we we’re also humiliated by Barca in the CL final, if not by the scoreline, then by the fact that we were still having to ring out the likes of Giggs and Park in a game of that magnitude.
    We also saw the end of anything resembling half way decent football, with our usual fast paced, attractive flairy football, replaced instead by hard working, hard to beat dogged like displays but overall distinctly average united sides.
    It’s in the past now but as I say, the way Spurs have gone out this summer really has brought it all back.

    • The_Philosopher

      22 August 2013 at 14:16

      @tonymontanna4united: Daniel Levy is a beast!

      I would love to have him running things over here. He wouldn’t content himself with the status quo.

      He would want to move United to be the best. To go out there and beat the Barca’s and Bayerns and real Madrids. We would be awesome.

      Just like Totenham are about to be.

      Like you say we are too busy pinching pennies and copping out behind some “Value in the market,” “Happy with the squad” loser talk.

      • Grognard

        22 August 2013 at 17:25

        @The_Philosopher: Levy wouldn’t get a sniff of the job as the Glazer’s would never hire a rebel with a clue like him. I have always admired Levy and yet hated him for playing hardball with us over Berbatov. Still admire a man who doesn’t knuckle under to bigger clubs and in the process his club has become one of those bigger clubs. But don’t give him all the credit for Spurs rise. AVB and Harry before him did a great job but the ownership above all must be applauded because they understand that the money coming from selling big talent like Berba and Bale must then be used to buy big talent. What a novel concept. Are you listening Glazer Mofo’s?

    • Grognard

      22 August 2013 at 17:20

      @tonymontanna4united: I love ya mate. Well said as usual. 🙂

  19. shadie

    22 August 2013 at 13:25

    somebody should tell moyes/woody or whoever is in charge of transfer these days that we need fellaini before that game on monday night.

    • The red baron

      22 August 2013 at 18:14

      @shadie: you’ve got more chance of finding rockin horse shit as that happening! 😡

  20. colver

    22 August 2013 at 19:18

    I am no fan of the Glazers’ and have long since accepted that we will never have the £80M a year transfer budget Barcelona and Real Madrid seem to enjoy even though without the debt we could easily afford to do so given our massive commercial appeal.

    But even if we did have that sort of money Barcelona and Real Madrid would still enjoy first pick over the world’s hottest talent.

    This summer is all about Moyes’ utter incompetence in the transfer market. And our inept scouting network and incompetent chief executive deserves some blame as well.

    While players like Januzaj, Powell and Lingard look very promising they are all attacking midfielders.

    What we need is a defensive midfielder and a central midfielder to ease the burden on Carrick and give Cleverley some competition.

    I have great admiration for Chelsea who after having practically the same team for five years realized they needed to freshen things up and went ahead and invested in exciting continental and south american players such as Luiz, Mata, Schurre, De Bruyne, Van Ginkel, Oscar and Hazard.

    We could also use some promising European talent in their early twenties.

    A caught offside article is suggesting we are in the market for Kondogbia and Draxler.

    I do not believe it for a second. Moyes probably has never heard of either player. But they are the kind of players I am talking about.

    They already have a few seasons of top level football under their belt and have shown their ability by breaking into the first team of their respective clubs. They are ripe for a step up.

    Buying British simply does not work as well as it used to because after barely a season of competitive football they get snapped up by big clubs and rot on the bench.

    Smalling and Jones and Powell would have all been better off staying at their clubs for a few more years to develop. At their age they need to play week in and week out.

    Even Zaha would have been better off with a season of Premier League football with Crystal Palace before joining up with us.

    • The_Philosopher

      23 August 2013 at 07:50

      @colver: Zaha will get his chances.

      Smalling and Powell would certainly benefit from regular first team football so a loan season wouldn’t be a bad idea in their cases.

  21. Salford Red.

    22 August 2013 at 21:23

    Reality – if that is your real name. I feel that it is unfair to pour scorn on anyone who supports United. There’s too much of this supporter “Top Trumps” going on. Just because I’ve always lived a stones throw from OT and my first born was conceived in the queue at Lou Macari’s chippie after the storming of Barca in ’84 and I’m a distant relative of the great “sir” James Gibson, does not make me, or anyone else, qualified to judge another red. I’m attracted to this blog because it consistently -and, yes, at times manically- attacks the Glazer family and their particularly brutal form of fiscal violence. In my view that’s the best way to confront unethical capitalism. Illogic on illogic. Now maybe your one of these United fans who accept that the sight of Rio or Ryan flogging nail clippers or gear boxes is a neccesary evil; one that allows us, in an age of benevolent sugar daddies, to stand on our own two feet and compete in the market for the best players. I would respect that view if, say, we were competing in the market for the world’s best players. In reality, we’re looking like knobheads for nothing.

    • Redrich

      23 August 2013 at 05:38

      @Salford Red.: Mate, it’s clearly not his name, nor does it represent anything close to what he/she might think they represent.
      A true devotee, such as you, can discern the shit from the shingle and separate the grist from the mill. Good on you mate, we need more of you.

    • Grognard

      23 August 2013 at 10:08

      @Salford Red.: Beautifully said mate. Well done.

  22. Salford Red.

    23 August 2013 at 10:44

    Thank you Redrich for your kind words. They truly charmed my heart on an otherwise turgid Friday morning. Reality, you sound like a passionate supporter who no doubt has sat atop Mancunia’s rollercoster for a long time-from the roaring sixties to the nightmarish early Seventies; further onto the green shoots of the Doc and the intermittantly febrile Eighties. Understandably, the urge of younger fans to win at all costs and loudly bemoan our inability to secure the players which give us a better chance of reaching this end, can grate. But surely this is the winners mentality engendered by Fergie’s cultural revolution. I’m 39 and still the first thing I do in the morning is check my PC to see if there’s any news on signings. In relation to the editor passion for United. Surely the fact that he has constantly maintains a blog with regular new entries -most of a whopping word count- which must be very time consuming and had maintained this blog for years, prove his red credentials. Although who are we to judge.

  23. Salford Red.

    23 August 2013 at 10:48

    Thank you editor. From one red to another, keep up this great blog.

  24. John Tring

    24 August 2013 at 12:01

    I’m a bit confused. What exactly are the faults of the Glazers?? For me, it would be the stupidity of believing in those who bought average players like Berba, Young, Jones, DE Gea, Smalling, Bebe, et el at inflated prices. It would also be the misplaced trust in some who forced David Moyes upon Utd. Dear Correspondent, check your facts before writing shams. Utd are on a downward spiral not because of the owners but because of those who, IMO, routinely misled them. The Glazers aren’t in Manchester.

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