Manchester United’s owners the Glazers have no intention of selling the club and were only willing to let a Saudi Arabian consortium buy just a 20 per cent share, reports say. The Americans are unpopular figures among fans at Old Trafford. But it appears they won’t be going anywhere anytime soon, with the family very much determined to steer the Red Devils back to the top of the Premier League.
When the Glazers took over at United in 2005, many felt uneasy.
The Red Devils were seen as selling their soul and, in the years since, the Americans have been subject to various protests both on the terraces and away from the field of play.
Even Ole Gunnar Solskjaer had his doubts. At a time where supporter fury was growing in volume, he said 15 years ago: “I think it is important that the club remains in the right hands.
“I am absolutely on the supporters’ side and think the club is in very good hands as it is today. I am a United fan myself and only want what is best for the future.”
For a while, things worked.
The Glazers saw United win trophies galore under Sir Alex Ferguson but, in the years since the Scot walked away, the Red Devils have fallen down the football power rankings.
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Earlier in the season, at a time where supporter fury was reaching its peak, a Saudi Arabian consortium showed interest in buying the club.
It’s previously been claimed the Glazers were willing to sell up should they receive an offer in the region of £2billion to £3b.
But The Athletic say the Glazers are very much determined to stay put and continue the work they started years ago.
It’s claimed they were only willing to sell a stake worth 20 per cent to the Saudis when they held talks last year.
And a former United director, whose name is withheld, believes the Glazers are ‘attached’ to the Red Devils.
“People underestimate how attached the owners are to Manchester United,” they said.
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“I’m sure there have been people in the past who have been prepared to wave some notes at them but it would take a lot to get them out.
“Not just because they’d want to maximise their return but also because being the owner of Manchester United means something.”
Meanwhile, former United defender Gary Neville recently claimed the Glazers had allowed Old Trafford and general match days to ‘tire’.
“When I think of Manchester United and the land Manchester United own, there should be a Man United World around there,” Neville told Sky Sports.
“They should be influencing education and community, there should be entertainment for the public, it should be a real experience of Manchester United around that stadium.
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“Old Trafford has been allowed to tire, the team has been tiring, the stadium is starting to look old and it needs investment.
“Around the area, there is a huge opportunity to create a Man United experience, something that can influence not just Manchester – their reach is global.
“Old Trafford is a special place, it could be so much more special.
“If you tap into what City have done over there with a far lesser name and a far more difficult hand to play. The opportunities for United are big, but they have to have a strategy and an ambition to deliver what it can be.
“The City owners have a vision of what they want for their football club and their football product to be while United seems more insular at this point in time.”
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