Manchester United legend Eric Cantona joins fan-ownership scheme launched by the Manchester United Supporters Trust
According to The Mirror, Manchester United legend Eric Cantona has signed up for the opportunity to be a part of the chance to become a shareholder at the club.
The ‘Sign for United’ scheme spearheaded by the Manchester United Supporters Trust (MUST) comes following United co-chairman Joel Glazer’s promise that fans would be given a greater say in how the club is run. The measure was brought up following the public anger that erupted following the club’s commitment to the European Super League.
MUST held talks with club chiefs earlier this month. One of the of their meeting is a new scheme whereby fans will be able to avail the chance to become a shareholder.
Cantona has thrown his name into the ring and has confirmed his commitment by confirming the same. While the initiative is great on paper, just how it will be implemented could make all the difference.
“Yes, my friends, I have signed for United again.”
The United hierarchy hope the initiative will help satisfy supporters who have amplified their protests against the ESL to active opposition of the Glazers’ ownership of the club.
The initiative aims to make good on the Glazers’ promise to create the biggest fans ownership scheme in world sport. MUST are pushing for supporter-owned shares to have the same voting rights as the shares owned by the Glazer family. (h/t Sky Sports)
The supporters’ group also want shares to be issued in sufficient numbers so fans can develop a meaningful ownership stake in the club. This will also give them a meaningful say over how the institution is run.
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Cantona is one of United’s most iconic players and having him on board is something that will certainly gain attention. Whether it is the start of something more meaningful or just another red herring remains to be seen.