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Gill: Glazer dissenters dwindling

April 23, 2013
By ESPN staff

Manchester United's feat in winning the Premier League title back from Manchester City has quelled the anti-Glazer feeling at Old Trafford, according to the club's chief executive David Gill.

Sir Alex Ferguson talks to the Glazers
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The Glazers have been the subject of strong opposition since buying their first stake in the club in 2003 and more so after taking full control, with some matches significant for protests against the American family and their decision to load debt onto the club.

Gill believes there will always be some dissenters towards the club's owners but continuing success on the field keeps the majority of supporters onside.

He told the Associated Press: "There are still a small number of dissenters and they will always be there ... the vast, vast majority of Manchester United fans are concerned about having a successful team playing great Manchester United attacking football.''

One of the major criticisms aimed at the Glazers by fans was United's decision not to follow Chelsea and City's suit of spending large transfer fees on players, something Wayne Rooney also spoke out about.

But the signing of Robin van Persie from Arsenal last summer for a fee of £24 million has put those doubts to bed with Gill saying it shows United can "invest in players" and ensure they are "paid a hell of a lot of money."