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Sir Alex Ferguson backs Glazer family's Man Utd regime

Left to right: Avram Glazer, Sir Alex Ferguson, Joel Glazer, Bryan Glazer
Manchester United boss Ferguson with three of owner Malcolm Glazer's sons

Sir Alex Ferguson has spoken out in support of Manchester United's owners and said he has no problem working for the Glazer family.

The Americans have been accused of running up huge debts, leading to fan protests and talk of a takeover.

"They've done the job well. I've never been refused when I've asked for money for a player," stated the United boss.

"What can I do other than carry on the way we're doing it and the way I'm allowed to - I've no complaints."

The Glazer family bought United in 2005 for £800m but the club's debt is estimated to be £700m.


Their ownership of United provoked much criticism and resulted in the setting up of breakaway fans' club FC United of Manchester and the Green and Gold protest movement.

The Red Knights consortium, a group of wealthy supporters, considered making a takeover bid but put those plans on hold in June.

However, Ferguson believed the Glazers have been unfairly criticised.

"The debt has come through by the club being bought out by an owner. You know full well that when a business is bought it's usually bought with debt," he added.

"Because it's a football club it seems to attract more negative reporting from the media and from the fan but Manchester United Football Club, when it went plc, it was always going to be bought. It was inevitable.

"So when a particular family like the Glazers have bought it, it's unfair they come in for criticism because anybody could have bought it."

Ferguson, 68, is heading into his 24th season in charge at Old Trafford, during which time he has won 11 Premier League titles and the Champions League twice.

There will be a point when I do quit but I have absolutely no idea when that is. I tried that a few years ago and it was an absolute disaster

Sir Alex Ferguson

Chelsea overshadowed United last season by clinching the Premier League and FA Cup double but Ferguson insisted he is as hungry as ever for success and was not even considering retirement.

"Every day, every year there's the challenge of being at the top and that helps me. I think you need good natural energy and I've been blessed with that," he said.

"I'm very fortunate about that so I'll keep going as long as my health keeps going. The same applies to every person. I'm 68 and so far my health has been standing up.

"If I have my health I can carry on. There will be a point when I do quit but I have absolutely no idea when that is.

"I tried that a few years ago and it was an absolute disaster. Agony. My wife made me change my mind and she was dead right.

"I think she was soon fed up with me in the house. Now when the time comes I think the club should be okay."

Meanwhile, United beat the Major League All-Stars 5-2 on their pre-season tour of North America.

Debutant Javier Hernandez, who joined United from Chivas de Guadalajara in May, scored in Wednesday's match.

Darron Gibson and Tom Cleverley joined the Mexico striker on the scoresheet, while Federico Macheda grabbed a double against the cream of Major League Soccer - in front of a crowd of over 70,000 in Houston, Texas.

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see also
Red Knights' Man Utd bid shelved
02 Jun 10 |  Business
Manchester United 'not for sale'
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Financiers 'discuss Man Utd bid'
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Manchester United debt hits 716m
20 Jan 10 |  Business
Glazer wins control of Man United
12 May 05 |  Business

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