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Manchester United fans have reacted angrily to speculation that they would be willing to play any part in a takeover of the club by American businessman Malcolm Glazer.
It had been claimed Glazer was set to meet major shareholders John Magnier and JP McManus on Tuesday to discuss a buy-out of the Irish duo's 29.8% stake in the Old Trafford club.
Such a move would take Glazer over the 30% threshold and force him to make an offer to take over the club outright.
In an effort to avoid shelling out the £700million it would cost to complete such a venture, it was also reported that Glazer - who owns the Tampa Bay Buccaneers NFL franchise - may allow supporters to gain a 20% holding in an effort to appease their suspicions without weakening his control.
However, influential supporters group Shareholders United, whose membership has now risen above 10,000, insist they will not have anything to do with Glazer's plan and will fight any attempt to seize control of the Red Devils no matter who lodges the bid.
"The board of Manchester United confirms that at a shareholder meeting, Glazer has indicated, on a very preliminary basis, potential revisions to its previous proposal," said a statement from the club.
"The board does not intend to open discussions on this matter unless it receives a definitive proposal from Glazer."