Northo trophy since 2017 and no league title for eight years: The Glazers’ divisive ownership over Manchester United sparked Sunday’s outcry at Old Trafford and the Americans are held (by some) solely responsible for a failure to succeed in field.
Debt amounting to £ 487 million and more than £ 1 billion in interest payments since the Glazers bought United in 2005 has a corollary, the post says, in a four-year cutlery drought and just three trophies. since Sir Alex Ferguson left. in 2013, neither of which has been the 21st league title.
Ferguson was responsible for 13 of these titles. The Scotsman was a manager as well as de facto head scout and director of football and his departure was a major factor in United’s recession. The evidence is in the success that Ferguson achieved working under the Glazers, however maligned his property may be. From 2005 to 2013 he won five championships, a Champions League-Premier League double, three League Cups and the FIFA Club World Cup.
Bottom line: how could United replace a genius like Ferguson? The first response was David Moyes, who received a six-year contract that lasted 34 league games. The second Louis van Gaal, whose two seasons were characterized by a mixed recruitment, a victory in the FA Cup and being fired the day after the latter for missing qualification for the Champions League. Next up was José Mourinho, who oversaw two contentious two-and-a-half periods that included victories in the League Cup and the Europa League, and Ed Woodward retired before Christmas 2018 when the executive vice president finally lost his temper.
When Ole Gunnar Solskjær was called up as an interim replacement (initially), United had been in a post-Ferguson world for five years in which power had shifted to Manchester City, with Liverpool enjoying a resurgence that featured back-to-back wins in the Champions League and the Premier. campaigns (2018-19 and 2019-20).
The common denominators in these disappointing years for United are Woodward and his payers, the Glazers. The former was attacked at his home in Cheshire, ridiculed on social media and will leave at the end of the year after the fiasco that United signed up for the now defunct European Super League. However, the Glazers’ base in Florida means they are out of reach of their fiercest critics, so the anger directed at their debt burden at the club and lack of commitment falls short.
Beyond the nuclear option, that the Glazers should be sold and become history, it’s a constant regret that none of them have directly involved fans, and Joel Glazer’s apology for the ESL hubbub was the first break-up since a interview when he took over.
Here, the owners surely missed a trick. Despite the anger, fans are still willing to work alongside them. On Monday, the Manchester United Supporters Trust underlined this in an open letter saying: “We have felt increasingly marginalized and ignored.”
The Glazers have a perfect way to change this: through the club’s fan forum, which features 11 representatives of match-goers. Woodward often approaches him and answers questions, so surely one of Joel or Avram, the other co-chair, could put in an hour once or twice a year. This would appease (some) followers and fulfill Joel’s promise to hear correctly.
Perhaps then, for example, the very valid fact that a net investment of € 200 million in players in the last two years is the highest of any European club could be recognized as an attempt to end the long wait for the championship. . The Glazers would also point to substantial business revenue growth under their and Woodward’s supervision.
The club’s explanation is that the Glazers keep a low profile to avoid distractions. However, the almost absolute silence has been interpreted (many would correctly say) as disdain.
Owners heading to the fan forum (or any other gathering) could also allow them to express how they accept that mistakes have been made, that fans are right to feel disenfranchised, and that replacing Ferguson was so difficult that it took three attempts. before landing in Solskjær. .
However, the Glazer fan dynamic is nuanced. There were those who protested in 2010 when United were in the midst of Ferguson’s eight-year-old purple patch below them, and those who didn’t give a fig and still haven’t. And, as Woodward prepares to leave, United are in second place and another tilt to claim the Europa League, with a 6-2 lead over Roma ahead of Thursday’s semi-final second leg in Italy.
Under Solskjær, the team is on the rise and even some people who entered the stadium on Sunday accept a period of serial success again, which may lighten the mood. A basic truth is this: the longer there is no rebound, the more the Glazers will be blamed for United’s decline, fair or not.
George is Digismak’s reported cum editor with 13 years of experience in Journalism