MUST respond to Glazers potentially selling Manchester United

Manchester United Supporters Trust (MUST) have responded to the confirmed reports that the Glazers are now considering selling the club.

An official statement was released by the club including quotes from Joel and Avram Glazer.

The Glazer comments read: “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 maximizes the significant growth opportunities available to the club today and in the future.”

MUST respond to Glazers potentially selling Manchester United

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While the word ‘sale’ is absent from the Glazer quotes, it is in the statement put out by the club.

The club have appointed The Raine Group to oversee the process, who facilitated the sale of Chelsea earlier this year, ESPN report.

The Glazers took over the club back in 2005 amid protests from supporters, which have never gone away.

MUST have released a statement in response to the news that Manchester United fans have been wanting to hear for years.

The statement read: “The statement last night from Manchester United, that the club is up for sale, confirmed information we’d been hearing over recent days.

“Over the last 17 years Manchester United fans have been dismayed with the ownership of the club. Over that period, we have witnessed a decline on the playing side and a decline in our stadium. Until recently, any proper dialogue with fans groups had also been absent.

“Whilst supporters have long called for change, of course this has to be the right change.

“At this moment in time our club needs new investment more than ever. That requires new ownership.

“Any prospective new owner or investor has to be committed to the culture, ethos and best traditions of the club.

“They have to be willing to invest to restore United to former glories, and that investment must be real new money spent on the playing side and the stadium.

“Finally any new ownership structure must embed supporters, including a degree of fan share ownership, in their operating model.

“Manchester United’s fans are its greatest asset and hold the key to unlocking the true value of any football club. That relationship has to be one of equals – sharing in ownership and unified with the same goals.”

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