If there is one quality which Sir Alex Ferguson has always demanded from his Manchester United players above all else is a team unity of purpose without which success can never be possible. It’s a unity which is now being threatened by well meaning fans who may not realize the damage that they are causing, leaving the manager with little doubt that the ill feeling towards the club’s owners could wreck his side’s bid for glory
“Whenever we have had success it has been a collective effort with everyone united – management, players and fans. How many times have I commented in the past about the need to pull together?” Sir Alex asked “I have no problem with the green and gold campaign. Fans are entitled to protest as they see fit but not to the detriment of the team” he insisted “What I don’t want to see is Manchester United mired in so much controversy that it deflects from our purpose of winning matches.”
The city of Manchester is covered in posters from vociferous supporter groups calling for the removal of the current club owners ahead of the season’s opener against newly promoted Newcastle United in the hope of further undermining the club who still has an estimated 4,000 season tickets available. That has not stopped the club from posting ‘sold out’ notices for the game confirming the goodwill still existing for Ferguson and his men even if the highly visible green and gold scarves continues to be in evidence.
Ferguson has never denied the rights of fans having a say in the future of their club and is not about to start doing that now saying that “One situation clouds the new season and that is the continued opposition to the Glazer family” he told the United Review. “The fact is that the Glazer family own Manchester United and until such time as they decide they want to sell, they will stay as owners regardless of the opposition. So it comes down to the extent of the protest. What I don’t want to see is Manchester United mired in so much controversy that it deflects our purpose of winning matches” he emphasized.
“There is no doubt that players respond and relish support, we have had some great European nights at Old Trafford and I wouldn’t like to see anything develop that would diminish that kind of backing.” Surely, apart from rival fans it has to be difficult for anyone to argue with those thoughts. Sir Alex continued “I see that one of the protest groups has come up with a slogan along the lines of ‘New Season, Same Goal’. I know what they have in mind but I just wish they meant that once again we will all be united, busting a gut to win something big, in that sense it is not a bad slogan.”
Whether Ferguson’s words have any effect on the anti Glazer groups is open to doubt but one thing is certain, this destructive ill feeling is bound to eventually have a negative effect on the team. Is that what genuine United fans are really hoping for?
One of the most objectionable comments often heard is that “Alex Ferguson has become a puppet for the Glazers, they have him in their pockets.” Can someone please explain why Sir Alex should suddenly be afraid of losing his job unless he toes the Glazer line? Is he so desperately in need of the job that he’s prepared to shed convictions he has held all his life? Can it not be considered possible that he genuinely believes in the Glazer ownership? If you have any of these doubts about Sir Alex here’s a challenge. Start a protest group calling for Fergusons’s removal – IF YOU DARE!
Should Sir Alex Ferguson resign for backing the Glazer family?