Man United fans asked to donate 25 pounds each to help Red Knights buy club

March 27th, 2010 - 2:05 pm ICT by ANI  

London, Mar 27(ANI): Manchester United fans have been reportedly asked by a supporters’ trust to donate 25 pounds or more each to help fund a takeover bid by the Red Knights.

According to reports, an email has been sent to supporters requesting their views on the current ownership and asking if they would be prepared to make a cash donation.

The Manchester United Supporters Trust had earlier said that it backs the Red Knights’ campaign.

The Red Knights, a consortium of financial figures including former Football League chairman Keith Harris and Goldman Sachs chief economist Jim O’Neill, have already said that they will give supporters a greater say in the running of the club if the takeover were ever successful.

However, members of the consortium have also confirmed that they did not intend to make a bid for Manchester United before the end of the season.

“In the next few weeks we will continue to work on our proposal. We do not expect this to be finalised before the end of the current football season,” Sky News quoted a new statement from the Red Knights, as saying.

“This will have the advantage of minimizing external distractions as the team enters the decisive period of the season,” he added.

United is currently owned by American businessman Malcolm Glazer and his family, who have repeatedly insisted that the club is not for sale. They have received public backing from the club’s manager Sir Alex Ferguson. (ANI)

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