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 Posted by ESPN Staff
May 21, 2006

Charlton challenges Glazer family critics

Sir Bobby Charlton feels the Glazer family have done nothing to warrant any criticism since taking over Manchester United.

The former United forward believes the club have made solid progress on the pitch since the Glazers bought the club almost exactly a year ago.

Despite the recent health worries of Malcolm Glazer, who is currently recovering after suffering a second stroke in a matter of weeks, Charlton is optimistic about the future of United.

Charlton, speaking ahead of the Laureus World Sport Awards in Barcelona, said: 'Everyone said the club was going to be in turmoil, but it hasn't been the case.

'They (the Glazers) have just got on with their business, and they have not been a hindrance at all.

'People have been ready to criticise but they haven't so far done anything they can be criticised for.

'Things can change in the future and we never know what to expect in football, but in terms of the way the club operates, things seem to have been going well.'

The controversial takeover of the club drew criticism from supporters' groups, and breakaway club FC United was formed by disillusioned fans.

However, after tumbling out of the Champions League at the group stage, United strengthened their squad in the winter transfer window with the signings of Patrice Evra and Nemanja Vidic, and steadily improved in the latter stages of the campaign.

Although a seven-match winning streak in the league came too late to truly challenge eventual champions Chelsea, Sir Alex Ferguson's team did clinch the Carling Cup with a 4-0 win against Wigan in the final.

'The fact of it is that they (the Glazers) bought the club and everyone had to get on with it, and at the end of the season the fans got something of what they wanted with a good team that won a trophy,' said Charlton.

'In a perfect world we could sign whoever we wanted but we know we can't compete with the likes of Chelsea in the transfer market.

'But I think all the fans can see we have a good selection of young players, and I know that on the horizon we have more than our fair share of good youngsters.'

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