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​Knighton calls on Sir Alex to back Man Utd takeover


Former Manchester United board member Michael Knighton has pleaded for Sir Alex Ferguson to back a takeover of the club.

The Red Devils' supporters are furious with the current owners, the Glazer family, for the way they have neglected the club since taking over in the mid-2000s.

Knighton was a United board member from 1989 to 1992, and the 70-year-old has been trying to convince billionaire Sir Jim Ratcliffe to bid for the team.

Discussing the situation at the Royal Academy of Arts, Knighton said: "I call out Sir Alex Ferguson and I call out David Gill.

"I also call out Michael Edelsen, who was a director when I spent three years on the United board, and chairman Martin Edwards used the blueprint I put forward to begin the transformation of the club into the powerhouse it became.

"Ferguson, Gill and Edelsen still work alongside the Glazers. How can they stand by and allow the wilful destruction of Manchester United to continue?

"Sir Alex and David Gill could have stopped the Glazers in their tracks before the takeover happened. For reasons only they know, they didn't. But now they have to act."

He added: "Ferguson only has to look at where the team are in relation to Manchester City and Liverpool.

"Look at Old Trafford. One of the most iconic stadiums in the world, in such a state of disrepair that it's an embarrassment."

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