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Glazers will sell eventually say United fans

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Fans opposed to the Glazer family's ownership of Manchester United are convinced the controversial Americans will eventually sell up to the Red Knights.

Key talks are currently taking place with a range of potential investors aimed at securing the funds required to lodge a bid in excess of £1billion at the end of the season. Yet the suspicion remains that the Glazers have no interest in selling, something they have repeated privately on a number of occasions.

"If I was in the Glazers' position and I was offered a profit, with all the different factors that are creating uncertainty for the future, it would seem like a pretty sensible option to take," said Duncan Drasdo, chairman of the Manchester United Supporters Trust, which has consistently campaigned against the Glazer family.

"When you look at all the graphs that were showing growth in ticket revenue, hospitality revenue and general matchday revenue, they are all dropping now.

"Their own advisors have said that in advice to the bond holders and they will drop next season as well.

"That suggests a decline in the value of the whole company, unless that revenue is replaced from somewhere else.

"With all the pressures of squad reinforcement, profits are going to drop further. It would be surprising if they weren't willing to take something that gave them a profit."

The Red Knights' view is that with the value of United starting to fall and avenues for increasing revenue reducing, by offering the Glazers a profitable solution the saga can be sorted out to the mutual benefit of all concerned.

And, as the Glazers are only too well aware, rejection is set to trigger an increase in supporter hostility.

Although there is a widespread belief the Glazers are not in a position to offer huge sums to Sir Alex Ferguson to reinvigorate a squad that could yet win an unprecedented fourth successive league title, club officials, including Ferguson, have insisted money is available.

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