Ferguson prefers City fans
When asked about the green and gold anti-Glazer campaign, Alex Ferguson said he would welcome anyone, including City fans, to Old Trafford ‘as long as they were backing his team’.
This is the man who has in the past made it quite clear that followers of FC United are not welcome at Old Trafford. Even though they would class themselves as ‘United’ supporters. Maybe he could get more United fans to ‘go and watch Chelsea’ and fill their seats with the City fans he so loves. He also dismissed the fan-led takeover plans and once again sided with the Glazers and Smithers-from-the-Simpsons impersonator David ‘he’s a nice family man’ Gill.
From The Guardian (as usual):
Sir Alex Ferguson has dismissed the chances of the Red Knights consortium succeeding in its attempt to buy Manchester United from the Glazer family.
The United manager said: “[The chief executive] David Gill summed it up earlier this week. The club is not for sale. He has made it quite clear.
“The Glazer family have said it is not for sale.
“I have no issue with the Red Knights. I know some of them. I don’t deny them their right to protest. If they want to try and buy the club that is entirely up to them.”
The Manchester United Supporters Trust, the chief opponents of the Glazer regime, has reported a massive surge in membership over the last few weeks.
It claims to have more than 100,000 supporters registered, the rise fuelled partly by the emergence of the Red Knights, a group of leading City financiers who are looking to raise in excess of £1bn in order to seize control at Old Trafford. Ferguson has some friends among the Red Knights, including the leading investment banker Jim O’Neill.
Thousands of fans have joined a “green and gold” protest against the Glazers by wearing the colours of Newton Heath, the club which predated United.
Ferguson said he would welcome anyone to Old Trafford, provided they backed his team. “We take all sinners,” he said. “I would even take City fans. I have no problem with protest. There were plenty of green and gold scarves on Sunday [at Wembley for the Carling Cup final] and I was delighted to see them supporting the club.
“We are quite happy. As long as they are supporting Manchester United they can wear whatever they like.”
The green and gold movement is not the first protest by supporters – Ferguson remembers attacks on the club’s former owner Martin Edwards and the successful attempt to stop BSkyB buying the club in 1999.
The Scot said the club had changed once it was floated on the stock market in 1990. “When United became a plc a long way back, they were always going to be bought,” he said. “People forget that point. Once you are a plc your company can be bought.”