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Breakaway FC United win first tie
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Some FC United players have league experience
FC United, the breakaway team set up by Manchester United fans angry at the club takeover by US tycoon Malcolm Glazer, has won its first match 5-2.

After Manchester United took on Everton in the Barclaycard Premiership's first match, FC United turned out in Division Two of the North West Counties League.

The Staffordshire match was against Leek County Old School Boy's Club.

Kick-off was delayed due to crowd congestion, with some 2,000 FC United fans making the journey.

FC United manager Karl Marginson had said that no matter how disgruntled Manchester United fans felt at the 790m Glazer takeover, many would still wish to watch the Everton away match first.

A lot of people have been upset over the past few years with being told they can't sing, they've got to sit down, they can't stand up
Karl Marginson

Those opposed to the Glazer deal have protested at the level of debt used in the takeover.

The Glazer family has had to seek 540m of borrowing, including a 265m loan facility which are now secured against Manchester United's assets.

Mr Glazer's plans for the club are also reported to include raising its revenues by 52% by 2010.

Boycott?

Fans vowed to boycott Manchester United matches and products, and any products or services associated with the club.

Mr Marginson said it was not just the Glazer buy-out which prompted the FC United's formation.

"A lot of people have been upset over the past few years with being told they can't sing, they've got to sit down, they can't stand up," he said.

"Things that they've been used to over the years, going to the Stretford end, sitting and singing with their mates, hopefully we can give something back to them."

It didn't matter whether fans had watched Manchester United and then came down to Staffordshire or just watched FC United play Leek CSOB, he said.

The FC United squad has players with Football League experience while the Leek side, usually watched by a few hundred, is made up of amateurs.

Police said 20 extra officers were on duty for the match.



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