The owners have come in for criticism since taking control of the Red Devils in 2005, but the outgoing CEO says the club’s on-field success is beginning to win round the fans
Manchester United chief executive David Gill insists only a small minority of the club’s fans oppose the Glazer family.
Over the years many United fans have staged various protests against the Glazers, the most notable being the green-and-gold scarves worn by some in honour of the club’s original colours.
But with five league titles and a Champions League trophy to show for their time at the club, Gill believes the much-maligned Americans are beginning to win over the fans.
“It’s the quality of the owners [that matters],” Gill told reporters.
“And I think [the Glazers] have definitely demonstrated that since they have taken over, they have shown that what happens on the pitch is crucial to the club’s ambitions off it.”
Many of the previous protests were down to the clubs huge debt, which stems from the loans the Glazers took out in order to finance their takeover.
But United have already begun to repay their debts, and still found the funds to sign Robin van Persie for £25 million last summer – a signing which has proved instrumental in their 20th title triumph.
Gill understands not every fan has been convinced by the Glazers, despite the team’s success, but he remains convinced such supporters are in the minority.
“There are still a small number of dissenters and they will always be there and they have had long held views which they are not going to change. We respect those,” he added.
“Ultimately, someone has to own the club.
“But having said that, there will be a very small minority, MUST (the Manchester United Supporters’ Trust), who will always retain their own views.”