17 March 2006

Glazer plays a dangerous game with United's youth

Malcolm Glazer’s (pictured) costcutting at Manchester United has extended to the club’s squad after it emerged that some fringe players in the squad had to pay £72 each for tickets to watch the Carling Cup final. The Football League said that it gave each club 100 free tickets but United subsequently allocated 70 complimentary tickets to sponsors and other guests. Players such as Richie Jones, who played in three matches in earlier rounds, are understood to have been forced to purchase their own tickets along with several directors, scouts, coaches and senior staff. The order is understood to have come directly from the Glazers.

I don’t know how things are done in the NFL but if the dressing room is not happy then you cannot hope to have a successful club. The youth policy has always been the driving force behind United’s success and by treating the younger players this way Glazer is playing a very dangerous game. Sir Alex Ferguson might be wise to explain to his boss that creating a disillusioned squad with low morale will cost a lot more in the long run than the few thousand pounds he saved.

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