Glazers have been exploring selling Manchester United since the summer

The official confirmation only came last night but the Glazers have been exploring the sale of Manchester United since the summer.

That is according to the Telegraph, who claim to have spoken to some United insiders and sources familiar with the potential takeover process.

“I would say this goes back to the summer,” one source said of the Glazers looking into a full sale, or a partial new minority investment.

The report also says that some of the bidders who tried and failed to buy Chelsea could now come to the table to take over United.

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Glazers have been exploring United sale since the summer

The report says that United will probably not have any bids formally on the table until after Christmas, with potential investors wanting to get the lie of the land.

And of course it is important that United take their time and sell to the right bidder, who has the best interests of the club at heart.

Chelsea have had problems with their new owner, who sacked Thomas Tuchel immediately after the transfer window, which was run chaotically itself.

He has also mooted a North v South game, and underlined the gaps in his knowledge of English football – and United would not want to be in a similar situation.

The report that the Glazers have reportedly been looking into a sale for months now means that those with the wealth to buy the club, who move in those circles, will likely have been aware of the impending statement for some time.

That will have given them time to consider whether they want to buy United; how they can afford it and how they would want to run the club.

The Glazers statement is a very welcome development, but it is vitally important that the new owners are committed to solving the issues at the club.

It cannot be a case of out of the frying pan and into the fire after so long fighting to get the Glazers to consider a sale, and United have to get the next move right.

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Sam Preston is an NCTJ gold standard news and sports journalist who studied with the Press Association. He also has a 2:1 law with French law degree from the University of Birmingham, which included a year studying at Bordeaux Montaigne University. He is an FA Level 1 football coach who appeared on the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire show in 2018 and has also written digital football content and match-day programme pieces for Colchester United, Mansfield Town and Stockport County.