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Billionaire American businessman Malcolm Glazer has increased his stake in Manchester United less than 24 hours after John Magnier and JP McManus did the same thing, fuelling rumours of a takeover war between the two camps.

The decision by the Irish pair not to take up the full stake of Dutch media tycoon John de Mol has been seen as a sign they are not interested in buying the club outright but Glazer has moved in swiftly to take up the remaining stock, raising his share ownership from 14.25% to 16.31%.

It represents a purchase of 5.4million shares and while it still leaves Glazer, owner of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers NFL franchise, some way behind the 28.8% stake Magnier and McManus hold through their Cubic Expression company, it raises the possibility of the American attempting to gain complete control.

Like Magnier and McManus, Glazer is extraordinarily secretive and, as yet, has not asked for boardroom representation at Old Trafford.

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Given the on-going battles between the Red Devils board and Cubic over the corporate governance of the club, Glazer will probably be viewed as a more friendly figure by the United support, even though he has developed a reputation in the business world for being completely ruthless.

However, influential fans groups such as Shareholders United and the Independent Manchester United Supporters Association, while wary over Cubic Expression, are equally determined to prevent any single body gaining control of the club.

Last night fans staged a demonstration against Magnier and McManus ahead of the Premiership defeat against Middlesbrough and news of Glazer's increased interest is likely to meet with an equally cool response.

"Our message to any potential suitor is exactly the same," said IMUSA chairman Jules Spencer.

"Manchester United is not for sale."Glazer ups his United stake
 

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18 'cells' of United fans plan Cheltenham protest

Manchester United fans plan to step up their protests against major shareholders John Magnier and JP McManus on Gold Cup day at Cheltenham next month.

Up to 18 sets of fans are reportedly ready to demonstrate against the two Irishmen, who are involved in a legal battle with manager Sir Alex Ferguson over the racehorse Rock of Gibraltar.

In a statement released to the Racing Post, United4Action claim 18 "cells" of fans will be in the Tattersalls enclosure and three in the Courage enclosure.

At a given time, these "will be activated at two or more very specific points with the idea that this will cause immense embarrassment to Mr McManus."

The protest will take place unless Cheltenham managing director Edward Gillespie grants the group permission to stage a protest.

"We have not made a decision on the request to allow United fans to protest but I need to respond to the e-mail by the end of tomorrow, otherwise it looks as if we are playing hard to get," Gillespie said.

"Whichever way we go, the situation will have to be managed."
 

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this geezer is a wrong 'un,he will turn your club into a circus,hike up all the prices so your traditional working class support can't afford the games,bring in silly USA gimmicks.

it would be a sad day for English football if he takes over,might as well switch off the lights and shut the door.
 

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hopefully fergie realises that he cant match magnier and mcmanus on this case and backs down, as if they get control he will get the sack, and if the glazier gets control like jern said the club will turn into a circus
 

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I just read in a newspaper that glazier has reportedly said that if he buys united he would offer fergie a lifetime contract, which could be vital on who buys the club, if a bidding war between glazier and magnier starts like many are predicting.

I know that none of you want the club to be bought but if sh!t happens and either Glazier or Magnier are going to buy the club who would you want to buy it???
 
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