Yesterday saw more Anti Glazer protests at Old Trafford. The feeling at the ground is getting more and more fractious at every game and this is to be expected. But it wont be long until antagonism is used as an excuse by a few to get the ‘hatchets and hammers’ out and start some old skool violence. This CANNOT be allowed to happen.The events yesterday did nothing but set back the progression of the Green and Gold movement. It was supposed to be a day of action…whistle blowing and banner waiving. What we got was smoke bombs outside the club shop and fist clinching my a number of Mancunian idiots. The whole protest was arranged like a pi*s up in a brewery. Nobody knew when to blow their whistles precisely and it was all a bit of a waste in the end..it could have been all so much more clever and effective.
Today’s announcement that the Red Knights will not pay over the odds for the club has gone down like a lead balloon with certain fans, including myself. Once again, like yesterday…the timing of events and announcements is just WRONG. Do we as a collective really want The Glazers to sell??? If the answer is yes then we have to make it worth their while. The supporters trust will lead you to believe that if we bin our seasons tickets or at the very least ‘not renew until the last possible moment’ that this will back the Glazers into a corner, that Malcolm Glazers colostomy bag will explode in fear, and they will surrender the club at a ‘fair’ price. As James May would say…Poppycock!
Without going into deep financial accounting the Glazers will go nowhere unless the sum they will receive blows their American minds. To think that they just want to see a good return on their quarter of a billion investment is naive and incorrect. To be the owners of the biggest brand in global football is worth money on its own..it’s not just about totting up the value of Old Trafford, Carrington and all the assets. They see, as I do, that United is a licence to print money for the foreseeable future. Forget all the debt…the bonds and the PIKs. It is a strategy that they are willing to see through for the long-term, so to think that they are liars or havent got the bottle to carry on is mental.
The only way we are going to get rid of this leech that sucks away at the lifeblood of our club is to pay them in kind to nicely scuttle off with the biggest bag of swag they can carry. This wont be..’Well the club is worth this so take that and your bus fare’…It simply wont happen. I can’t believe that before they have even submitted a bid that the Red Knights are telling the world what they WONT pay, rather than what they WILL. It stinks of a consortium who may well have the best intentions in place, but simply do not have the funds.
So what do we do as fans? Abandon the club? Not go to Old Trafford anymore?
There is always FC United for the fans that think this. But if we really want a United run by the fans, for the fans, we have to remain. We have to protest intelligently and we have to be in it FOR THE LONG TERM. I saw the banner that said ‘If Youre Still Here Next Year Then We Wont Be’ and I smirked to myself. What sort of threat is that? The Glazers must be bricking it. United’s finances are not just about ticket sales…its about sponsorship..about merchandise…about brand values. The veiled threats of fans with their smoke bombs and teeth baring will not help our movement one bit. You might as well be standing on the Anfield Kop if that’s the sort of imagination you have got. Our protests will have to be long, inventive and for the foreseeable future. People will say that the Green and Gold has done nothing, but what it has done has highlighted our plight to the press and the world. We have sympathy from those who print the news and we must hold on to this and use it. This is a PR war game.
If the consortium haven’t got the cash then I would rather know now rather than later. Id rather be let down now than have a fake relationship with MUST and a fictitious bunch of knights draped in red..it’s great saying you will save our club..it’s another thing doing it.