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Soruce: The Mirror

Manchester United will this week claim to be the best-supported club in the world with a staggering third of a billion fans.

The Reds say they have enough followers in all four corners of the globe to fill Old Trafford 4,380 times over - yet boss Alex Ferguson last week complained the crowd failed to get behind the team at home.

Their army of 333,000,000 is greater than the population of most countries, including the USA. With an estimated global population of 6.6billion, one in 20 of the planet's inhabitants follow United.

The statistics come from a poll conducted by TNS Sport and will be released later this week along with the club's financial results, which are expected to show a record turnover of £245million, restoring United to their position as Britain's wealthiest club.

Arsenal's turnover was £201m and Chelsea's is expected to be about the same.

Tns base their fan figure on interviews conducted with 1,000 people in 21 countries. It shows a huge jump in support for the club in just a few years. A 2003 MORI survey put the total at 75million.

Trading figures for the 12 months to June 30 are expected to show turnover up 21 per cent and profits from their title-winning campaign of about £75m.

The world's richest club are Real Madrid, who in September reported a turnover of £263m.



Amazing official statistics indeed... Wonder what will the Glazers think next?!
 

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Be it "glory hunters" or "adopted fans", at least they still make their 'choice' wisely, instead of the Other Three. And will probably still advertise further for us through their purchases of merchandised goods.;)

Statistics will always remain statistics. Just an extrapolation of manageable and affordable sample data. No matter.

In Asia, extrapolating from my country, Singapore, I can confidently point out that the two biggest fan groups are us and Liverpool's. This is more due to traditions than glory hunting, I suspect. They were the 2 most well known bitter rivals then.[My first FA Cup Final in 1977 was between them and of course, we won with a solitary goal by Lou Macari, if I don't remember wrongly.] A distance behind would be the Other Two, followed by the others.

I am more curious what would the Glazers be thinking with this official or 'official' report. What could be up their sleeves? Hang on and refinance their loans cheaper or cash out to other consortiums?! Or most probably squeeze the fatter cow harder?! What do you guys think?
 

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Guys, er..... nobody wants to touch on the Glazers?!

Speculate on their next move, praise them, mud-sling them or to whatever that is allowed here. No comments or emotions at all?:eek:
 

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reddwarf said:
The Glazers are in it for the money, not the football, and that has been obvious from the start.

This has its good and bad points.

The good thing is that this means they will want Man United to be successful because success = money so will spend money on players etc and they will want to pay off the loans and interest so that they have complete control over the club.

The bad thing is how they generate the cash to pay off the loans because it comes from the fans. Price increases and the cup ticket schemes have hit fans hard. Also, I'm not convinced that pre-season tours around the World don't have a negative impact on the team in terms of fitness.

When the Glazers took over it was a shock but i decided to wait and see what happened. In the short-term they have done everything I wanted them to - they have made money available to improve the squad and they have left Fergie and the coaching staff alone to run the team. However, the long-term future of the club is still a concern.
:eek: You seem to have covered all grounds!??..

Yes, what they intend to do in future is subject to speculation and a grave concern for fans alike. Hang on and milk harder or cash out to another consortium like a piece of meat, nobody knows.
 
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