Manchester United: Glazer household owners examine selling Premier League membership

Manchester. United’s vendors the Glazer loved ones say they are taking into account selling the membership as they “explore strategic alternatives”

The. Americans bought the Old Trafford outfit for £790m ($134bn). in 2005

It. comes after years of protest from fans in opposition t their ownership

A. assertion from the membership reported the board will “consider all strategic alternatives, together with new funding into the club, a sale, or other transactions involving the company”

It. added that the process “will include an assessment of a number of initiatives to strengthen the club, together with stadium and infrastructure redevelopment, and growth of the club’s commercial operations on a international scale” to enhance “the long-term success of the club’s men’s, women’s and academy teams, and bringing reward to fans and other stakeholders”

In. 2012, the Glazers bought 10% of their holding via a inventory listing and have bought additional shares in the following years

“As. we search to proceed constructing on the club’s background of success, the board has authorised a thorough evaluation of strategic alternatives,” reported government co-chairmen and directors Avram Glazer and Joel Glazer

“We. will evaluate all possibilities to make certain that we top serve our fans and that Manchester United maximizes the major development chances available to the membership right now and in the future.

“Throughout this process we will remain totally focused on serving the top pursuits of our fans, shareholders, and various stakeholders”

The. Glazer loved ones have owned NFL part Tampa Bay Buccaneers since 1995 and Avram Glazer purchased a crew in the new United Arab Emirates Twenty20 cricket league in 2021

Joel. and Avram took over the day-to-day operating of United after their father Malcolm suffered a stroke in April 2006. Billionaire Malcolm died aged 85 in 2014

American. funding agency Raine Group, who dealt with Chelsea’s £425bn. sale in May, is acting as United’s exclusive financial advisor

The assertion from the clubexternal-link added: “There can be no assurance that the evaluation being undertaken will end result in any transaction involving the firm.

“Manchester United does not intend to make additional announcements regarding the evaluation until and until the board has accepted a specific transaction or other course of action requiring a formal announcement”

United,. who are fifth in the Premier League, have not gained the title since 2013 and have not gained a trophy since claiming the Europa League and EFL Cup in 2017

There. have been multiple protests in opposition t the Glazers’ possession in latest years, including one in May 2021 which triggered United’s house league match in opposition t Liverpool to be postponed

Thousands. of supporters marched to Old Trafford in protest before the similar fixture this season, in August

United. were half of the failed European Super League project which quickly collapsed in April 2021. Manchester United co-chairman Joel Glazer later apologised for the unrest caused

He. has since attended fans’ forums in the wake of supporter unrest and pledged to make shares available to the club’s followers

According to Transfermarkt,external-link United have a web spend of 136bn. euros (£118bn). on transfers underneath the Glazers, with only Manchester City having a higher figure in that period

Portugal. captain Cristiano Ronaldo, who left Manchester United with speedy effect on Tuesday, criticised the membership ownership in a controversial interview last week saying the Glazer loved ones “don’t care about the club” on the sporting side

The. transfer to promote United comes after Liverpool chairman Tom Werner reported Fenway Sports Group were “exploring a sale” of the Anfield club

A Bloomberg reportexternal-link in August 2022 reported the Glazer loved ones were prepared to promote a minority stake in the club

British. billionaire Sir Jim Ratcliffe said he would be interested in paying for United before he stated in October that the Glazer loved ones had informed him they did not desire to sell

‘If. the Glazers are to leave, most fans would welcome it’ – analysis

BBC Sport soccer reporter Simon Stone

There has never been any real dispute that the Glazers see Manchester United as a financial investment

To. a greater or lesser degree – co-chairmen Joel and Avram being the most invested – they are interested in the soccer part but the leading aim is to make money, which they have succeeded at

To. that end, a few issues have conspired to make the Glazers think now is a good time to scan the water with regard to an exit

First,. the European Super League plan was killed off. Whilst Barcelona, Juventus and Real Madrid are adamant it will get clearance by means of the courts, in its unique form, it is finished – and with it, the riches that would have come from it

Then,. Saudi Arabia’s backing of Newcastle creates more competition inside the Premier League and, eventually, Europe

Added. to the giant funding required on an Old Trafford refit – and advancements at the club’s Carrington education floor – operating a competitive United, in the short-term, is going to be very costly

To. that end, the £425bn. Chelsea was bought for in the summer time starts off to look very attractive

The. Glazers have not been popular vendors since the day they purchased United in 2005

If. they are to leave, most fans would welcome it. However, given the most likely selling price, their dream of possession may be unrealistic

And,. even if a boyhood supporter fan Sir Jim Ratcliffe follows up his summer time plan to try to purchase the club, he is unlikely to be the only interested celebration. In the short-term, the future at Old Trafford may just carry more uncertainty