The ownership of Manchester United has become a highly divisive issue for supporters of this great club. The aim of “Truly Reds, Manchester United fans blog” has always been to try and be a uniting force between the large cross section of fans spread across the globe. While many care little about who the owners are as long as the trophies keep coming into Old Trafford, thousands more feel that the club to which they have devoted most of their lives has lost its way.
Those fans have been placed in an almost impossible position, one that was well articulated by an unknown supporter in the following comments posted on the Red Issue forum this week. It’s an opinion that some may disagree with but just as many others will be able to closely relate to.
“On 22nd January 1994 I stood with everyone else as a lone piper piped the teams of United and Everton on to the pitch, in a tribute to the recently departed Sir Matt Busby. Like thousands there, my eyes were full of tears, the emotion of the moment swallowing me up. Sir Matt was the grandfather I never knew. Not a blood relative of course, but someone who I had grown up with as a child.
All I ever heard was Busby, United, Bestie, The Lawman. My dad told me how everyone cried when they heard about Munich. How Duncan Edwards was the greatest of all time, how Eddie Colman (“snake hips”) would make defenders fall over with just a shuffle. How everybody “had heart attacks” when Busby transfer listed Denis Law for having the temerity to ask for a pay rise.
More importantly, though, how Busby always talked of “the right way” of doing things, the “right way” of playing football. How the team and the club never knew it was beaten. This was the Manchester United I grew up to love. A team and a club that epitomised everything that was “the right way”. “The right way”. That is what I want Manchester United to be.
Now we have a club that is so far removed from everything it ever used to be. Would Sir Matt have countenanced these parasites ? We will, of course, never know, but I’ll happily believe that he would not. I will always love Manchester “the right way” United. But these ********* disgust me. I will not criticise anyone who does renew. I have seen all the arguments, and I know how hard it is for those who have never known life without United to not renew.
But my decision is made. My own conscience tells me that for the sake of “the right way” for the sake of those who gave their lives for this club, (and for the sake of their families) and for the great and the good who rebuilt the club, and for all of those whose names were childhood memories, for the late goals in 1999, for 5-1 away to Benfica, for 3-2 at Maine Road, for Eric, for whatever God made John Terry slip on his arse, for the memories of Stepney’s penalties in the early 70’s, for Gordon Hill’s 2 goals against Derby, for 1977 vs the vermin, and for 40 years or so of personal memories that nothing else could have given me……..
I WILL NOT RENEW. These ****** will not take a penny more from me until this club is “the right way” again.
I apologise if this is a little over dramatic. This decision has been really tough.”
The 160,000 members strong Manchester United Supporters’ Trust is at the forefront of a determined battle to wrest control from the Glazers but advises all supporters to “follow their heart and make sure they are happy with whatever they decide” MUST goes on to remind everyone that “We are all part of the Manchester United family – the Glazers aren’t part of that family. We must all respect the decisions made by our fellow supporters. Division and intolerance only plays into the hands of the Glazers so anyone who acts in a divisive way, criticising others, is serving the Glazers’ cause”
MUST continues by emphasisng that “Staying United is our greatest strength. The only thing that MUST would ever tell supporters to do is to not tell other supporters what to do! We’re all in this together and our best chance of success requires us to stay united.”
Wise words indeed, ones that are completely endorsed by this site.
Has Manchester United lost its way as a club under the Glazers ownership?