Manchester United’s biggest fear of the Glazers comes true – Steven Railston

If Sir Alex Ferguson believed it was a crime to be complacent, Manchester United would be in the spotlight.

The Glazers are American owners and they believed Ferguson left a “dynasty” at Old Trafford when he retired. United had ruthlessly dominated throughout his tenure and the Glazers took that success for granted. There are over 4,000 miles between Manchester and the United States of America, but the gap between club owners and reality is wider than that.

Ferguson’s many triumphs did not guarantee success in the future, as the Glazers might have believed. United’s appeal will remain forever, however, the club still needed wise investments after Ferguson to deliver silverware. Obviously this has not happened.

United have done impressive business this summer – Jadon Sancho, Raphael Varane and Cristiano Ronaldo – but a good window does not excuse the overwhelming majority of the poor. United’s recruiting has been insufficient over the past decade and yet they have managed to pull through in the eyes of the Glazers. There was little silverware, but it didn’t seem important to them.

Thousands of United fans rallied around and orchestrated unprecedented protests against Glazers ownership of the club in May amid Super League plans emerging from obscurity and Joel Glazer apologized “wholeheartedly” for the troubles caused.

Some fans thought the apology was empty. They wanted actions, not words. Work has been done with the club – the Manchester United Supporters Trust (MUST) deserves high praise – to open up lines of communication, but there remains an overwhelming and tangible feeling among supporters that the Glazers only care about one thing, namely profits. and money.

the Manchester Evening News understands Ed Woodward, who is due to leave United on February 1, regrets his infamous quote of “playing performance doesn’t really have a significant impact on what we can do on the business side of the company,” but these comments are symbolic of how United is run. One might suggest that Woodward only regrets that these thoughts were made public.

United’s trophy drought has not taken a toll on the business side of the company and that is why the Glazers will not be affected by the club’s current situation. There is only one football related result that will get them noticed.

That’s if United fail to qualify for the Champions League this season, which is a real possibility.

The income generated by Champions League football underpins United’s operations. Failure to qualify for the Champions League multiple times has caused great damage not only financially but also in terms of the club’s fortunes on the pitch.

United have had a margin of error in the past, however, Premier League sides – which weren’t considered a competition before – are now getting stronger and the Reds’ mismanagement is increasingly likely to be put to the test. to profit.

There are ambitious teams plotting to take United’s place in Europe. This threat must be considered serious. West Ham seem quite consistent, Aston Villa just signed Philippe Coutinho on loan from Barcelona and Newcastle, although their project will take years, are theoretically the richest club in the world. That’s not to mention Tottenham and Arsenal.

The next leadership appointment is the club’s biggest in nearly a decade. The Glazers will know their Champions League cash flow is at risk of becoming vulnerable, but more importantly, the decision will shape United for years to come.

If United don’t get it right, Europa League music could be heard regularly at Old Trafford in the future.


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