Fans' group distances itself from Fergie quit calls
The Manchester United Supporters' Trust (MUST) - one of the club's most prominent fan groups - has moved quickly to distance itself from reports claiming that supporters are considering asking Sir Alex Ferguson to quit as the club's manager in protest against the Glazer regime.
Johnny Flacks, former chairman of the Independent Manchester United Supporters' Association, suggested at a MUST meeting on Saturday that a letter campaign directed at the United boss could convince him to resign.
But MUST have responded to the reports by insisting that the meeting was private, and that Flacks' idea was not as widely supported as first believed.
A statement from MUST read: "Contrary to reports today regarding Manchester United supporters calling for Sir Alex Ferguson to resign, MUST (the Manchester United Supporters Trust) wishes to put it on record that we believe the organisation and the vast majority of United supporters are 100% behind Sir Alex Ferguson. The only people we want to see leave Old Trafford are the Glazer family.
"All United supporters are entitled to voice their opinion but these comments were made by one individual at a meeting where it was made clear it was private and journalists were briefed that it was totally off the record to allow supporters to speak freely.
"We believe that all those journalists who attended the meeting respected this agreement but the story came from reports on internet message boards followed by a call direct to Mr Flacks rather than from the meeting itself.
"MUST does not believe that the views expressed represented a widespread view of those present and indeed another speaker who offered the counter point of view was given a loud round of applause in response.
"We believe Johnny Flacks and indeed every Manchester United supporter is absolutely entitled to express their views but it is important to distinguish individual views from those of organisations or those present at a meeting.
"We believe Manchester United has the best manager, the best players and the best supporters. It is only the owners that let our great club down. They should go before they do any more damage."