Mihir Bose: Manchester United suitors must be beware of history

Football works best as a dictatorship, not a democracy.

You don’t have to take my word for it. Just ask Sir Alex Ferguson.

He was never happy with the Manchester United board when it was run as a plc. Indeed he refused to take up the shares when the club floated, although this may have reflected his deep socialist convictions of equal shares for all.

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Mihir Bose: Europa League is another concept that the English have been slow to grasp

The British have a great capacity to invent new sports. But, having got the world playing, they are very hostile to any change to the sports they have invented.

The British genius for sports has been well documented. The country may not be a sporting super-power but nearly all modern sports were either invented in this country or their laws codified here.

The problem arises when the sports the British have invented are changed,

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