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US tour indicates the Glazers are going nowhere

If you happen to wake up each morning – as I do, hoping against hope that a surprise headline may appear stating that Qatar Holdings has announced confirmation of its purchase of Manchester United from the Glaziers, you can now forget that slim possibility completely, at least in the short term. When Sir Alex Ferguson revealed details of the second successive pre season tour of the United States in July, he was indirectly making it clear that there’s definitely no change of ownership in the wind.

Despite that reality however, my suspicious, ever optimistic mind keeps telling me that as unlikely as it seems, there just may be another possibility. This could be a chance for the Glazers to have a last hurrah by once again making a few million dollars from such a tour before relinquishing their hold on the club. While that will admittedly appear to be merely clutching at straws, anything is possible in the world of high finance.

For his part, Ferguson is only interested in the business of football “We’re finding it increasingly more exciting every time we come to the States” he told a packed Tour 2011 press conference in New Jersey. “Major League Soccer is now developing into a very competitive league and producing good teams who are making games much more difficult, as we found last year when he played Kansas City Wizards.”

Sir Alex continued by stating that “It’s great to see that improvement and, of course, the national team did well at last year’s World Cup. There’s a definite sense of there being a good future for soccer in America. It’s not only that though. It’s a fantastic country to bring the players to – the training facilities are fantastic, the hotels are good, everything about the country is perfect for the build up to a tough season.”

United start the five match tour in Boston on July 13 against New England Revolution then meet the Sounders a week later in Seattle. Next comes a game against Chicago Fire on July 23 before they take on the MLS All Stars in New Jersey on July 27. The tour winds up with friendly against Barcelona in Washington three days later. “To finish off with a match against Barcelona will be a special moment for all our fans in the States” an enthusiastic Ferguson told the press conference.

Is an overseas pre season tours  just a money making exercise or good preparation?


No Responses to “US tour indicates the Glazers are going nowhere”

  1. Andy says:

    This tours are good for the club and the fans as they go to other countries together and foreign based fans get to see them in person. I’m no longer bothered by the Glazer ownership (all do I wasnt bothered by it until 2010) and there will be no takeovers in the near future atleast, United are still ìn great financial shape and only getting stronger. The Glazers are here for the long haul, accept it. Just enjoy supporting the biggest club in the world, we all so have an exciting summer to look to.

  2. Andy says:

    We are still chasing the Treble and coule end the season with the Premier Lge, FA Cup and Champions Lge titles. The end of season financial reports should reveal even stronger financies including over £300m in revenue. If what Fergie plans comes together than we could see 2/3 new talents. United haves a great US Tour planned against New England Revolution, Seattle Sounders, Chicago Fire, MLS All-Stars and Barcelona. Exciting times here at the worlds greatest club. Hopefully United wins the Treble.

  3. Andy says:

    Just think who we could buy – Alexis Sanchez (hopefully), Douglas Costa, Javier Pastore, Wesley Sneijder, Juan Mata, Rene Adler, Julio Cesar, David De Gea, Giorgio Chiellini, Marek Hamsik, Thiago Silva, Marteen Stekelenburg etc…. We dont want and wont buy rubbish like Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Charlie Adam, Gary Cahill, Jordan Henderson thats for sure as none are good enough to be at United. Exciting times and hopefully we sign Sanchez, we have to buy him.



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