It is not often Manchester United fans can look to Arsenal a feel even a little bit of envy.
But thats where the ownership situation of the two clubs have led us towards.
On the face of it, they are similar. Both teams are owned by rich American families, who don’t appear to care about the team’s success.
This appears to have changed a bit this summer.
Arsenal fans banded together and called out the Kroenkes with a ‘We Care Do You?’ campaign.
They were answered, with a club record deal for Nicolas Pepe.
Just this week Josh Kroenke gave a lengthy interview with BBC Sport, insisting the penny had dropped.
It was the most open communication the family has given, with Kroenke stating: “We’re just getting started and hopefully we’ll start to earn more and more trust with the more and more work we put in.”
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Meanwhile from the Glazers at Manchester United, there is absolutely nothing.
United supporters groups co-signed and backed a letter to the Glazers at the end of July, calling for ‘Five Key Questions’ to be answered.
These included questions on the management of the club’s ever growing debt, and potential plans for a director of football.
The questions have not even been acknowledged, let alone answered.
What are the chances of Joel or Avram Glazer stepping forward and communicating with supporters directly, or giving a detailed interview like Josh Kroenke?
We don’t hold out much hope, going by their previous inaction.
Not even the insufferable Ed Woodward has been trotted out to wheel out a few lines as lip service. He has gone silent too.
Transfermarkt shows the Gunners having a higher net spend than United this summer, with the gap potentially widening if there are late exits from United.
This is despite United having a larger stadium, bigger sponsorship deals, and being listed by Forbes as a richer and more valuable club.
Supporters’ very valid concerns and questions deserve to be listened to and need answers.
When derided ‘banter club’ Arsenal are taking a more serious approach off the pitch than United, its clear there is a problem.
The silence from the Glazers is deafening, and frankly its embarrassing.
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