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Disgruntled Man Utd fans try to oust Glazer family

Renowned football finance expert Keith Harris is working with disgruntled Manchester United fans to broker a takeover of the club that would end the mounting debt problems imposed by the Glazer family. Harris, a United fan who has been involved in several takeovers involving Premier League clubs.

The executive chairman of investment bank Seymour Pierce began working on the project after being contacted by members of the Manchester United Supporters Trust.

"Yes, we have been approached," Harris told the BBC's Football Focus. "We can lend our weight to doing something for the good of United and for the good of football - none of the takeovers that I have been involved in have involved any debt.

"They've been takeovers by people who've wanted to be involved for reasons other than money."

Harris declined to name any of the people who have approached him, identifying them only as "The Red Knights".

"A number of people have been to see me and I've had long chats with them," he said.

"I know there are one or two people in senior positions in the financial services that have access to capital.

"We don't know if the Glazers can be made to listen, but there is serious intent on the part of people who have support in their hearts. The time feels right."

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