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Fergie: I Understand Where Protesting Fans Are Coming From

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“Every fan has a right to complain about what they think is right,” said Ferguson. “We also have to run the club the way we think is the right way to do it, and I think we are doing the right thing with the club. Obviously there are fans protesting and we understand where it is coming from, but we carry on with the football side of it. I’ve made my point to the supporters that (it’s fine) as long as it doesn’t interfere with the team. It shows we have fans who care. The foundation of the club is just the same as it has been for years. We have a good youth set-up, the first team is doing well, and that’s what concerns me most.”

Asked whether he would prefer to see fans in red, white and black scarves instead, the United boss replied: “It doesn’t matter, they’re still supporting the one team.”

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  1. mauly says:

    Love United Hate Glazer…

  2. Costas says:

    Nothing more he can say really. He will do his job and Green and Gold will do theirs.

  3. Xyth says:

    At the moment things on the pitch are going well, but what if we have a bad season, resulting in less money going into the club? Had Ronaldo stayed we would have made a huge loss last financial year. I am no financial expert, but whichever way you look at the Glazer model, it really stinks.

    The sooner the Glazers leave, the better.

  4. aig alex is god says:

    This becomes an issue in the newspapers when the team is performing poorly or the results arent going our way.SAF cant say much on it. All he has to ensure is that it dosent affect the team on the pitch which it isnt. Infact since the start of the new year when this campagin has gained momentum our performances and results have improved.

  5. Paul H says:

    SAF and diplomacy are not always mutually exclusive, but the two key expressions he used are ” ….what they think is right” and “….we are doing the right thing with the club”

    That was a very well judged and tactful way of saying. Look lads and lasses, you’ve been fed a few lines from the press and and have got the wrong end of the stick. But your hearts are in the right place, you mean well and I appreciate that. At the end of the day your concerns are unfounded and we know what we are doing.

    Notice how he said “we” ?

    In addition to making another attempt to say the fans have got this out of proportion, he’s being very clear where his loyalties and responsibilities lie.

    Time to stop this now and get behind him/them (we)

  6. Costas says:

    @Paul H

    Where exactly does he say that the concerns are unfounded? He said this didn’t he?

    “Obviously there are fans protesting and we understand where it is coming from, but we carry on with the football side of it. ”

    What I get is that Ferguson doesn’t want to get involved in this at all. He just wants to focus on the football side. If he thought that the media were twisting things around, I think he would have said it. Nonetheless, he must be allowed to do his job properly. Protesting must not affect the football side of things.

  7. Union Jack says:

    Anti glazer post and Paul H pops up again. Seems he only turns up to tow the corperate line. Is that you Joel???

  8. mags the red says:

    So Paul… you dont think that the support the team has had for the last six games is not the best they have had for a long time… Old Trafford has been buzzing, infact within the 10 minutes of bouncing and twirling at the Portsmouth game United scored 2 goals; it was evident the fans had lifted the team. The fans that care about the team they support and care so much to protest about the owner who is using it as his own personal cash cow. The point is we do support the team: “Love United Hate Glazer.”

  9. Emily Jane 3 weeks till she hits old trafford says:

    thu since the green and gold has started the support has been fantastic and it realy is the 12th man and the results have come on the back from it since it begain to quote must In the seven games since the campaign started (strictly speaking Burnley
    was the start of the “uprising” following the MUST/IMUSA meeting at
    O’Briens and the unveiling of the LUHG flag on the Stretford End) United
    have won 6 games including a fantastic away win at Arsenal, an impressive
    performance at Villa Park playing with 10 men for most of the game and then
    a stupendous 3 – 2 victory over AC Milan in the San Siro.

    Burnley H 3 – 0
    Hull City H 4 – 0
    Man City H 3 – 1
    Arsenal A 3 – 1
    Portsmouth H 5 – 0
    Aston Villa A 1 – 1
    AC Milan A 3 – 2

  10. Union Jack says:

    No doubt “Dave mack” and “united fan” will also turn up soon.

  11. Paul H says:

    @Union Jack – if you read the blog more thoroughly, you’d see that I comment on a lot more than the anti-Glazer campaign. And I am trying to bring balance without offending people. (Btw, it’s Avram actually, close but no cigar…)

    @Mags – yes the atmosphere has cranked up a few notches, but it’s questionable as to whether it’s due to the resurgence in the on-field performances or the camerarderie of the LUHG supporters, or both perhaps. Honestly don’t know. But what I do know, is that I feel more history in the making this year :)


  12. Paul H says:

    @Union Jack — c’mon, it’d be a boring place if we all agreed on everything….

  13. Emily Jane 3 weeks till she hits old trafford says:

    paul h
    i really dont understand your way of thinking
    or that way of thinkingever since emily has done glazer chants i get messages telling me to get behind the club and start supporting the club
    im not running out and starting up a pub team because i dont support united anymore
    i fucking love united
    and the green and gold is nothing new to me as ive been to old trafford only twice in my life since i was 16 without my newton heath jersey
    once i forgot to pack it
    second time was 50 years after munich so i wore my edwards jersey
    i wear it because i love the club from top to tail and so does everyone else who wears green and gold and understands its meaning
    its not a hate attack on the club
    its to show how much we love the club from top to toe in its history and over 700million in debt is killing what we love. when my friend had to battle with cancer the people who loved her shaved there heads to show there love. id shave my hair off again if it showed my support of united but it doesnt but the green and gold protest does
    so get behind the club
    save the club
    and support green and gold

  14. jimmy cooper says:

    United’s flag is deepest red,
    It shrouded all our Munich dead,
    Before their limbs grew stiff and cold,
    Their heart’s blood dyed it’s ev’ry fold.

    Then raise United’s banner high,
    Beneath it’s shade we’ll live and die,
    So keep the faith and never fear,
    We’ll keep the Red Flag flying here.

    We’ll never die, we’ll never die,
    We’ll never die, we’ll never die,
    We’ll keep the Red flag flying high,
    Because Man United will never die.


  15. TK the Red Knight. says:

    Green and gold till they die or fold.
    Stand up and be counted.
    Glazers out NOW.

  16. bchilds says:

    I think Sir Alex totally understands the concerns we had and, if he could, would publically back the Green & Gold campaign but obviously can’t.

    LUHG – In Fergie We Trust

  17. Wakey says:


    Without the Ronaldo sale the club wouldn’t have made a loss. We need to remember that the holding company isn’t the club so its losses are not the clubs losses.

    As David Gill states in this interview the club made over 90mill in the last accounting period (that’s an accounting period that doesn’t include the Ronaldo sale), the debt at the time was a bank loan of 500million (and its now a bond of the same amount) and the real debt value is 360mill (As Gill states we have 140mill in cash in the bank so 500 – 140 is how you get the 360mill figure. Ofc that can go back up if cash is spent but 500mill is the highest the debt can be. And ofc profits made could reduce the actual debt further at the same time)


    You ignore the line before the bit you quote

    “We also have to run the club the way we think is the right way to do it, and I think we are doing the right thing with the club”

    So he is saying that from his POV and from what he knows the clubs being run in the right way. He obviously doesn’t have an accountancy background (Although Gill does and he states that he thinks things are fine) BUT he will have a bit more information than we do

  18. Fred says:

    Hi Tufty.

  19. Costas says:


    Yeah, but he doesn’t say that the concerns are unfounded as Paul H. That’s why I used that part of the quote.

  20. Wakey says:


    But he doesn’t say there is any basis to it either though. Saying you understand why someones complaining isn’t saying the complaints have any basis.

    I understand myself why people are complaining, its because they see the supposed debt of £700mill and they apply the standard logic that we have all been brought up to take as fact that ‘Debt is Bad’. HOWEVER I also know that the reaction people have to the debt value is not only inaccurate but also an over reaction, just as much of whats being said about the glazers is ott (and some of them quite frankly disgusting things to be wishing about another human being. Its the kind of things that actually makes us no better than City abd Liverpool fans)


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