Manchester United sale: Glazer family weigh options to sell Old Trafford club, report says

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Manchester United could be put up for sale as the Glazer family prepares to examine potential sources of outside investment, reports Mark Kleinman. Among the options for the American owners are a full or partial sale, or a strategic partnership to infuse what is arguably one of the most famous clubs on the planet with more funding. American businessman Malcolm Glazer bought the club in 2005 for an approximate value of £800million.

The report comes a few hours after the The club terminated Cristiano Ronaldo’s contract following his explosive tell-all interview with Piers Morgan where the 37-year-old star, who is part of the Portuguese national team for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar, aired his grievances and damaged his legacy with the Reds Devils in the process so he could force a January exit. He got his wish days before Portugal’s first group stage game. In this interview, they criticized the facilities at the Old Trafford club and took aim at the American owners accusing them of not caring about the club.

“The Glazers, they don’t care about the club. I mean, professional sport, as you know, Manchester is a marketing club,” he said. “They’ll get marketing money – the sport is, they really don’t care, in my opinion. The fans, they’re always right. I think the fans should know the truth, should know that the players want the best for the club. I want the best for the club. That’s why I came to Manchester United.”

The news also comes weeks after Fenway Sports Group reported interest in selling United rivals Liverpool.

As for the Glazers, their 17-year spell as owners was mired in fan protests, particularly during their bid to emerge from the European Super League, which the club pulled out of a few days later. The Glazers enjoyed success as owners, with five Premier League titles and one Champions League title – all under Sir Alex Ferguson – during their reign. The club have not won the Premier League since 2013 and have failed to recapture some of the magic of the Ferguson era.

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