Manchester DisUnited: Trouble and Takeover at the World’s Richest Football Club
Publisher: Aurum Press Ltd (Oct 2006)
Manchester United is the most valuable soccer brand in the world: the highest turnover, biggest profits, widest fan base and, over recent years, the best players and greatest success.
But then star player David Beckham was sold to Real Madrid. Record buy Wayne Rooney developed an unenviable disciplinary and gambling record. Their inspirational defender Roy Keane departed, apparently after a volcanic bust-up with Sir Alex Ferguson, who in 2004 himself fell out with the club’s two major shareholders over the jointly owned racehorse Rock of Gibraltar.
In 2005 the club succumbed to a controversial takeover by Malcolm Glazer, the American tycoon who turned the Tampa Bay football team into champions. United were eliminated from the lucrative Champions League, and beaten to the Premiership by high-spending Chelsea. Now Mihir Bose tells the full story of how this sporting behemoth became the inevitable victim of its own success.