Manchester United: 10 Key Points in the Glazer Era

James WillisAnalyst IFebruary 28, 2011

Manchester United: 10 Key Points in the Glazer Era

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    MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - APRIL 24:  Avram and Joel Glazer (R) look on prior to the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur at Old Trafford on April 24, 2010 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
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    Following recent rumours that the Glazers' ownership of Manchester United may be coming to an end, United fans have been keeping their fingers crossed for an exit of the American family.

    While the speculation suggests a takeover from more foreign owners in the shape of the Qatar Royal Family, fans will just take hope in the departure of the Glazers.

    These rumours have been repeatedly denied by the club but with unrest growing all the time, the club look like they may have a change in ownership somewhere soon.

    Here are the 10 most key points so far in the Glazers' ownership of the club.

Jun. 2005

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    MANCHESTER, UNITED KINGDOM - NOVEMBER 22: Manchester United board members Avi Glazer, Joel Glazer and Brian Glazer watch on prior to the UEFA Champions League match between Manchester United and Villarreal at Old Trafford on November 22, 2005 in Mancheste
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    The Glazers' stake in the club reached 98 percent, which was enough for a buyout of Manchester United. This led to the Glazer family gaining full control of the club at a final valuation of £800 million.

    This was to be the start of the American family's official reign at the club as well as the start of many continuing campaigns against the new owners.

    Soon after, the Glazers ended the PLC status of the club removing it from the London Stock Exchange. This was another step that caused much anger amongst Untied fans, causing even more protests against the new owners.

Jun. 2005

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    BURY, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 08:  Matthew Wolfenden of FC United is challenged by Gary Hart of Brighton  during the FA Cup sponsored by E.ON 2nd Round Replay between FC United of Manchester and Brighton & Hove Albion at Gigg Lane on December 8, 2010 in Bury,
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    United fans in protest at the Glazers' complete takeover of the club form their own breakaway team, called "FC United of Manchester."

    The club first entered the North West Counties League Division Two in 2005. Over the course of the season, the club were very successful earning promotion to the North West Counties League Division One.

    After another very successful season, the club secured another promotion to the Northern Premier League Division One North. They also made their debut in the FA Cup in the same season, 2007-2008.

    The club won a third consecutive promotion, this time into the Northern Premier League Premier Division. The club are now in their third season in the league, but gained more recognition in the 2010-2011 FA Cup by reaching the second round proper, just one match away from Premier League teams entering the competition.

May 2007

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    MANCHESTER, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 13:  Ryan Giggs (L) and Gary Neville of Manchester United lift the Premiership trophy as their team celebrate winning the Premiership title at the end of the Barclays Premiership match between Manchester United and West Ha
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    United win their first Premier League title since the 2002-2003 season. After four years without the league title, Sir Alex Ferguson leads the club to the title again.

    This time around, the club had the added help of Cristiano Ronaldo as well as a number of other players that hadn't been around in the 2002-2003 season.

    United failed to win any other trophies that year but it signalled the start of a resurgence from the club following a period dominated by newly rich Chelsea and the famous Arsenal "invincibles."

May 2008 and May 2009

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    MANCHESTER, UNITED KINGDOM - AUGUST 06:  Rio Ferdinand of Manchester United and team mate Ryan Giggs (R) pose with the Premier League and Champions League trophies prior to the Pre Season Friendly match between Manchester United and Juventus at Old Traffo
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    In the 2007-2008 season, Manchester United won their second consecutive Premier League title under the ownership of the Glazer family.

    In that very same season the club also won the UEFA Champions League for the first time since the 1998-1999 season. The club beat Chelsea in an all-English final on penalties.

    In the 2008-2009 season the club completed another double, although slightly less prestigious. The team won their third consecutive Premier League title as well as the League Cup (known as the Carling Cup for sponsorship reasons).

    This was the most successful era under the Glazers' short ownership so far.

Jun. 2009

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    MADRID, SPAIN - SEPTEMBER 30:  Cristiano Ronaldo (L) and Kaka of Real Madrid share a light moment prior to the Champions League group C match between Real Madrid and Marseille at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on September 30, 2009 in Madrid, Spain. Real M
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    In Jun. 2009 the protracted transfer saga of Cristiano Ronaldo to Real Madrid finally came to a conclusion as he transferred for a world record fee of £80 million.

    The previous world record transfer was set by Kaka, who also transferred to Real Madrid the same summer for a fee of £55 million, making it one of the shortest-held world records.

    The transfer angered many Manchester United fans after the way that the Spanish giants had been courting the player beforehand, trying to unsettle him.

    United soon set about looking for a replacement.

Dec. 2009

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    MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MARCH 10: Manchester United fans reveal anti Glazer banners during the UEFA Champions League First Knockout Round, second leg match between Manchester United and AC Milan at Old Trafford on March 10, 2010 in Manchester, England. (Pho
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    In Dec. 2009 the club were put under pressure from both fans and the media, claiming that they were under financial strain.

    The rumours surfaced when the team walked away from a deal for Partizan Belgrade teenager Adem Ljaji valued at £10 million.

    The Glazers denied the club was having financial difficulties despite the transfer collapse.

    Regardless of the owners' best efforts, fans were still protesting against the Glazers' ownership of the club still believing that they were under financial strain as a team.

Jan. 2010

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    BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 10:  Manchester United fans make their feelings toward club owner Malcolm Glazer known during the Barclays Premier League match between Aston Villa and Manchester United at Villa Park on February 10, 2010 in Birmingham, Engl
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    In Jan. 2010, Manchester United fans launched a new green and gold campaign to protest the Glazers' ownership of the club.

    These colours became synonymous with the fans "Hate Glazer, Love United" campaign and have regularly been seen at matches ever since.

    The colours come from the club's previous incarnation as Newton Heath in the 1800s. The green and gold are meant to be symbolic of the club's roots, hence the reason they were chosen to front the campaign against the Glazers.

Feb. 2010

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    MUNICH, GERMANY - MARCH 30:  A sign displaying 'Hate Glazer' in among the Bayern fans during the UEFA Champions League quarter final first leg match between Bayern Muenchen and Manchester United at the Allianz Arena on March 30, 2010 in Munich, Germany.
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    In Feb. 2010, soon after the launch of the green and gold campaign, Manchester United fans met with Keith Harris, a significant United fan, to organise a campaign that would hopefully eventually lead to a takeover of the club.

    The group of fans hoping to take over the club become known as the "Red Knights" and organised numerous protests and campaigns to raise money and awareness ahead of their attempt to broker a deal.

    The campaign continued for months, being fronted by the Manchester United Supporter's Trust and the green and gold campaign.

May 2010

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    MANCHESTER, UNITED KINGDOM - FEBRUARY 19:  Fans of non league side Crawley Town and Manchester United mingle as they walk down Sir Matt Busby Way to Old Trafford for the FA Cup fifth round tie on February 19, 2011 in Manchester, England. The team from Wes
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    In May 2010 it became clear that the "Red Knights" would not have the capability or finances to achieve their planned takeover of the club.

    Despite having made a bid to take over the famous Premier League club, it looks likely that it will be unsuccessful with the Glazers determined to remain in charge of the team.

    The news angered United fans, who began more protests against the Glazers in the hope that they can force their unwanted owners out in a different way and bring a new buyer in.

Jan. 2011

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    DOHA, QATAR - JANUARY 04: View of the museum of islamic art is taken on January 4, 2011 in Doha, Qatar. The International Monetary Fund (IMF) recently reiterated its projection for the Qatari economy with predictions of double digit growth for 2010 and 20
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    In Jan. 2010, speculation began to surface that the Qatar Royal Family were interested in making an offer for Manchester United.

    The rumours came at a time of massive footballing growth in Qatar, following their win in the right to host the 2022 World Cup and their successful hosting of the 2011 AFC Asian Cup.

    The club deny any bids have been received and the Glazers reiterate their stance as not wanting to sell the club.

    Regardless, according to the Daily Mail and the Daily Express, rumours continue surfacing of a bid valued between £1.5 and £2 billion. No official statement has been made about receipt of the bid, although the Glazers insist they wish to remain in charge.

    The rumours continue into February, giving Untied fans hope for change.