Murphy says Glazers should be applauded for what they’ve done at Man Utd

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Manchester United’s American owners the Glazers have received huge criticism during their time at Old Trafford but former Liverpool star Danny Murphy suggests they should instead be praised

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Danny Murphy has claimed that Manchester United’s much-maligned owners the Glazers should be “applauded” for their spending over the past year.

The Americans have been controversial figures since taking the helm at Old Trafford. Supporters have staged a number of protests against their ownership and it looked like fans were set to get their wish of the Glazers leaving the club.

They announced their intention to sell Man United in November, with Sheikh Jassim bin Hamad Al Thani and Sir Jim Ratcliffe installed as favourites to take over. Nine months down the line and a deal still seems some distance away.

Despite that, former Liverpool star Murphy has suggested that the Glazers deserve praise for the way they have backed Erik ten Hag in the transfer market this summer. The Red Devils have spent heavily this summer with a total outlay of around £150m so far.

Writing in a Mail Online column, Murphy said: “I was actually surprised to see the business United had done because all the suggestions were the Glazers were going to sell the club, so a £200million investment into key areas of the team must be a huge bonus for the manager.

“I understand the animosity of supporters towards the owners and to be honest it look irreversible. But you can’t question the owners backing their manager and trying to make United competitive.

The Glazers The Glazers have still not sold the club despite the Red Devils being up for sale since November (


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“Whether fans want to or not, they have to applaud that because ultimately what you want is to see the team progress. They have won a first trophy in six years and made Old Trafford a fortress again. Now they have filled the holes from last season. They needed a goalkeeper, midfielder and striker and they have got them.

“I can only comment on the relationship between the Glazers and the fans from afar but I would think a lot of supporters from other clubs would be quite envious of the assistance Ten Hag has got from his bosses in this window.”

Ten Hag will certainly hope that his signings assist in building on a promising first season at Old Trafford. Rasmus Hojlund, Andre Onana and Mason Mount are all the standout signings that the Red Devils have sealed so far.

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In assessing their business, Murphy has claimed that he is “worried” that it could once again see them finish above his former side Liverpool once again. United finished third in the Premier League last term during Ten Hag’s debut campaign, whilst the Reds slumped to fifth.

Man United also ended their long trophy drought as they claimed the Carabao Cup against Newcastle, whilst Jurgen Klopp’s side ended the season trophyless.

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