Man U Fans Are Seeing Red


Stars such as Wayne Rooney power United's brand

Sometimes even the best teams can suffer shocking defeats on home turf. Manchester United discovered that last week when Malcolm Glazer, a U.S. sports magnate, took a majority stake in the publicly traded company that owns the famous English franchise.

It was the climax of a protracted battle that has pitted Glazer, who owns U.S. football's Tampa Bay Buccaneers, against Man U's board and thousands of its fans. But Glazer, who already owned almost 29% of the team's stock, persuaded two Irish racing millionaires to sell him their 29% stake for $5.60 per share. Several other big...

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