Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has defended his club's owners as well as his transfer policy.

The Glazer family assumed control at Old Trafford in 2005 but have rarely encountered a trouble-free period in charge. Factions of support have persistently protested against their ownership owing to concerns over debt levels, with others believing United can no longer match their Premier League rivals in the transfer market as a result.

But speaking to a number of national newspapers during his side's pre-season tour of South Africa, Ferguson has stuck up for the American family. He said: "I am comfortable with the Glazer situation. They have been great."

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