The business model that Sir Alex Ferguson has made to create one of the biggest Commercial success stories of the decade is showing cracks. Over the years United build a crop of youngsters that will progress into the first team and be capable of winning the Premier League and Champions League.
Barcelona and now Manchester City have questioned the invincibility of the model and now lowly Crystal Palace under Dougie Freedman and assistant Lennie Lawrence celebrate a famous Carling Cup win.
Research reveals that Palace have four owners who are not short of a shilling, but they are not the types to brag about their money but while United’s chief executive was a class act on Wednesday, dignified in defeat despite his obvious dissatisfaction with the performance.
Everyone involved with Palace was a winner on Wednesday, but remarkably there was no mention of the financial incentive for a club two games away from a Carling Cup final. This will pale into in significance for David Gill at United unless they steady the ship in the transfer window.