Man Utd owners the Glazers ‘involved in civil war’ over selling club
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Manchester United owners Joel and Avram Glazer tried to buy out the rest of the family earlier in the year, according to a new report. The Americans have ruled the roost at Old Trafford ever since 2005, despite fans long making it clear they oppose their rule. A parting of the ways is now on the cards, but Apple aren’t in the mix when it comes to acquiring the Red Devils.
Manchester United kept winning trophies when the Glazers first took over in 2005, with Sir Alex Ferguson ensuring the club remain the dominant force in the country during his spell in charge.
But the Red Devils have struggled to keep up with the elite in the years since the Scot’s retirement and the Glazers, now, are finally ready to cash in.
According to The Athletic, Joel and Avram Glazer ‘tried to buy out’ their siblings last summer.
It’s said they felt letting their brothers Edward, Kevin, and Bryan – as well as sister Darcie – would ‘free them to run the club in a more unified, streamlined manner’.
They felt having four different voices on the board clogged progression, allowing issues to become prolonged and protracted – like refurbishing and revamping Old Trafford.
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Yet this didn’t happen, despite some members of the family being ready to cash in a decade ago.
Joel and Avram Glazer were reportedly stunned at how much it would cost United to upgrade their stadium or even build a new one, with costs estimated at £1.2billion to £1.6bn.
But when it comes to being the next owner of United, Apple aren’t currently in the mix with the tech company ruling out a takeover.
Sir Jim Ratcliffe is said to have been taken ‘off guard’ by the Glazers’ decision to sell the Red Devils, having previously expressed a belief they weren’t on the market.
Ratcliffe is expected to revive interest in the Red Devils, a team he supports, despite also owning Ligue 1 giants Nice.
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The British billionaire, who is head of Ineos, was suspected of making a bid for United back in the summer and could join up with a consortium to seize power.
He is not, however, the only person in the mix with billionaires from India and the Middle East also in the frame to take over.
Whatever happens, United supporters will be hoping their next owners care far more than their current ones – when it comes to sporting success, at least.
Ferguson won five Premier League titles during the first eight years of the Glazers’ rule, as well as the Champions League in 2008.
But David Moyes and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer failed to win any silverware, while Jose Mourinho and Louis van Gaal won just three trophies between them.
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There’s a feeling that the Glazers have long held United back, with Cristiano Ronaldo criticising them in a recent interview.
And whether they have a brighter future remains to be seen.
At the end of last month, the Glazers confirmed they were considering a sale in a statement that read: “The strength of Manchester United rests on the passion and loyalty of our global community of 1.1 billion fans and followers.
“As we seek to continue building on the Club’s history of success, the Board has authorized a thorough evaluation of strategic alternatives.
“We will evaluate all options to ensure that we best serve our fans and that Manchester United maximises the significant growth opportunities available to the Club today and in the future.
“Throughout this process we will remain fully focused on serving the best interests of our fans, shareholders, and various stakeholders.”
United are next in action against Burnley in the Carabao Cup on December 21.
They won their last game before the World Cup, overcoming Fulham 2-1 with Alejandro Garnacho scoring a dramatic late winner.
United are fifth in the league table at present, three points behind rivals Tottenham with a game in hand.
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