“They will have been bothered by what happened on several levels. Any outpouring of emotion against you is impactful,” they said.
“People got hurt and it would have bothered them. They are now very exposed.
“If you go back to those days, when they were transported around Manchester in armoured vehicles, they had two very important human shields in David Gill, then the chief executive and Sir Alex Ferguson, the man whose voices resonated so strongly at the club.
“Ultimately, any storm could be weathered because they had Sir Alex front and centre, who often defended the owners and insisted he was content with the level of investment.”