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2005: A tale of two Uniteds

Banner protesting against the Glazer takeover

There is no doubt that the noughties have become the decade of overseas owners weighing into the Premiership's boardrooms, but not every club's supporters have taken to the takeovers.

When US multimillionaire Malcolm Glazer announced he was buying into Manchester United, the statement was met with anger by some United fans.

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Indeed, news that Glazer was planning to increase his stake on the board and take over the ownership of the club was met with angry protests, which included blockades around Old Trafford and the burning of effigies of the businessman.

When he inevitably did complete his takeover, it was more than some fans could take and in an unprecedented move, a section of supporters founded their own breakaway club, FC United of Manchester.

Interest in the club was high from the start, with over 900 players applying to play for them and around £100,000 being raised to run the club.

Admitted into the second division of the North West Counties Football League, nine tiers below Manchester United, the club went onto achieve three successive promotions.

They are now in the Northern Premier League Premier Division, closing in on their aim of one day playing their once-beloved local rivals.

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