Mar 31, 2014

    United fans prefer to have a stake in the club

    I REFER to the report "Man U's former players to the rescue?" (MyPaper, March 28).

    Whether or not there is any truth in the story of a possible takeover of Manchester United Football Club (MUFC), and we remain sceptical at this stage, it has certainly sparked interest among United fans.

    Undoubtedly the majority of fans would like to see a better ownership model which put the club and fans first, rather than the profits of the private owners.

    These special players have MUFC running through their veins, so you can understand why fans would warm to the idea of working together with them on a better ownership model for the club.

    Gary Neville has recently voiced his admiration for the Bayern Munich structure and that is also similar to the model which the Manchester United Supporters Trust (Must) would prefer.

    Bayern Munich benefit from a shared ownership between fans and commercial investors, with people having real football experience in positions of power, alongside the best professional executives. That combination is potent and has turned Bayern Munich into the powerhouse we see today.

    Like Munich, United do not need a Sugar Daddy. We just need to be released from the shackles of the Glazer ownership and allowed to reinvest Manchester United's own massive revenues for the benefit of the club and fans.

    Sir Matt Busby always saw Manchester United like a family, with the owners, the board, the players and the fans all working together. That is very much our vision too. We would like to see every Manchester United fan in the world be able to own a stake in, and contribute to, their own football club.

    The Glazers will sell at some point and that time may be fast approaching as they realise that the model which worked so well for them under Sir Alex is not sustainable now.

    If we want to compete with our main rivals domestically and in Europe, we will need to match their investment over the long term and that will squeeze profits and, therefore, bring the valuation down. They must be looking at a possible exit, so now is the time for the global fanbase to come together.

    We are encouraging every United fan across the globe to register with Must through our website - www.joinmust.org - so they can be part of any future plans involving supporters.