Arsenal owner lists reasons United fans should be grateful for Glazers

Stanley Kroenke cannot fathom the opposition to the current regime at Manchester United.

Ever since 2004 there has been opposition to the Glazer family's ownership of Manchester United.

A vocal section were vehemently against Malcolm Glazer's takeover, culminating with a fracturing of support which formed an alternative club, FC United of Manchester, who have made steady progress through regional leagues by gaining three promotions.

Even this week there was a publicised battle between fans and the Glazer family as the former rejoiced when the latter rescinded their request for a 'review into Trafford council's decision to list Old Trafford as an Asset of Community Value.'

If the review went through, the Manchester United Supporters Trust (MUST) believe that the Glazers could have sold the land to a private company. Now that the family withdrew the request, if United were to move away from Old Trafford, the stadium would have to be offered to the community for sale.

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Arsenal owner Stanley Kroenke has stepped forward as an unlikely peacemaker as he regards the Glazer ownership to be positive for Manchester United.

'If you’re [Dallas Cowboys owner] Jerry Jones, he has tremendous revenue but can’t spend any more than the guy at Cincinnati,' Kroenke told The Telegraph. 'There are hard rules on that. Whether he takes money out of the club is irrelevant because he has been growing revenues and is limited by what he can spend.

'If I was a fan [of Manchester United], I would go, ‘Okay, they [the Glazers] have doubled the commercial revenues, they have been winning the Premier League, they moved well in the Champions League, they have reduced debt overall’. I just think it is so interesting because… what else would you ask for?'

Recent new deals have seen the Glazer's put a personal market value of £3bn on the club. Deloitte currently rank United second in it's most recently update of the world's richest clubs (with a valuation of £1.97bn) and a sponsorship agreement with Nike is reportedly worth £1bn by itself. The club also have agreed links with Chevrolet, Bwin and the Commercial Bank of Qatar.

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