BURY South MP Ivan Lewis has called on Manchester City and Manchester United to "step up to the plate" to help save Bury FC.

The Shakers have been told they face expulsion from the EFL on August 23 unless they satisfy the league’s demand for financial information.

The Gigg Lane club are yet to start the season with their opening three League One games having been suspended by the EFL, as well as a League Cup tie with Sheffield Wednesday.

Earlier this week, a heartfelt plea was issued by club employees, who feel a legitimate buyer has come forward with the wherewithal to save the club.

Mr Lewis has now called for a "fresh approach" to resolve the "toxic atmosphere" surrounding the club.

As well as calling for Bury's prestigious neighbours to lend a hand, he has also proposed an urgent meeting between several parties, including club owner Steve Dale.

Mr Lewis said: “The truth is that Steve Dale is unable to satisfy the EFL he has the funds to cover the costs of the club and so far no credible bid has been made to purchase the club.

"Expressions of interest are not the same as credible bids.

"We also now have a toxic atmosphere between club staff, the fans and the owner.

"We have to find a new way to break the logjam if we are to save our club.

"I am proposing that a meeting takes place urgently involving Mr Dale, Forever Bury, myself, James Frith MP and the leader of Bury Council. We cannot allow strong feelings and differences of opinion to end with the club going out of existence.

"I also urge Manchester City and Manchester United two global footballing giants to step up to the plate and see what they can do to help save the club.

"The clock is ticking and we now need a fresh approach as a matter of urgency."