Key period in the battle for Man Utd
The period leading up until the end of May will go a long way to determining whether there is a battle for control of Manchester United this summer.
Although the Red Knights campaign has lost momentum since its high point in March, senior figures within the camp insist they have not given up the fight.
They are continuing to hold meetings with interested potential investors - including on the evening of 19 May. But they admit putting together a potential takeover offer for the club is being hindered by the complexity of pulling together such a large number of different, wealthy individuals all with their own opinions on how any bid should proceed.
The Glazer family's asking price of £1.5bn has also led the Red Knights to issue public statements insisting they will not overpay for the club.
At the same time, the Glazer family have launched their own PR offensive - extraordinary in itself - quietly briefing journalists that the club can cope with meeting repayment charges on their £700m debts. They are also pointing out how successful their global marketing and sponsorship strategy has been in increasing the club's turnover.
Manchester United want to see the back of the Glazer family at Old Trafford
Two things could turn the advantage back to the Red Knights. On Friday, 28 May, United will publish their latest quarterly results.
It is widely anticipated these figures will show United's £122m cash reserves (according to the most recent report from United covering the period from October to December 2009) being reduced to help pay off around £70m of the Glazer's PIK loans - the interest rate for which will increase to 16.25% in August.
If that happens, then that will raise fears among supporters - and United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has already been dampening expectations here - that there will be no money to strengthen a team which only won the Carling Cup last season.