Sky Sports journalist's informed anti-Glazer rant goes viral

Sky Sports journalist Kaveh Solhekol’s informed anti-Glazer rant regarding the American’s ownership of Manchester United has gone viral.

The Glazer family took over Manchester United in 2005 when Sir Alex Ferguson was at the helm.

With the legendary Scot, partnered by his right-hand man – former Manchester United chief executive David Gill, still providing success on the football pitch, fundamental issues surrounding the running of the football club were papered over.

But that didn’t stop a large proportion of the Manchester United fanbase protesting against the Glazers’ proposed takeover 17 years ago when the club were still competing for the biggest trophies.

Solhekol highlighted that the Glazers borrowed £600m when they bought the Red Devils and the twenty-time league champions debt 17 years later remains £600m.

During the Glazers’ tenure, Solhekol claimed that their 17-year ownership has cost Manchester United between £1.5bn and £2bn.

Sky Sports journalist’s informed anti-Glazer rant goes viral

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Gone are the days of Sir Alex carrying the football club on his shoulders and winning major trophies.

Erik ten Hag has been given a rude awakening to life at Old Trafford and the scale of job he has taken on in getting Manchester United back to the top of the footballing mountain.

The 52-year-old lost 2-1 to Brighton & Hove Albion on Sunday at the Theatre of Dreams, in what was his first Premier League game in charge of the Reds.

Avram Glazer, co-chairman of Manchester United, was present at Old Trafford to witness the Dutchman’s chastening start to his reign.

But unlike at his former club Ajax, Ten Hag will likely quickly be realising why Manchester United are like a circus even with the infamous Ed Woodward no longer at the club.

Manchester United legend Gary Neville has repeatedly called for the Glazers to sell up and frankly clear off.

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Speaking on Sky Sports during his explosive rant, Solhekol said: “Speaking to Manchester United supporters, they will say United are a club who have lost their soul. Manchester United have been through dark times before, they’ve been through years and years of not winning the title.

“I remember United in the 1980s losing 5-0 at Everton, losing 5-1 against Manchester City. You look at players who they had in the 80s – Bryan Robson, Mark Hughes, Gordon Strachan, Remi Moses, Gordon McQueen. They still had players who knew what it meant to play for Manchester United and had a connection with the fans. That doesn’t exist at Old Trafford anymore.

“When you talk about the ownership situation at Manchester United. Some people, especially those who support other clubs, say United fans are just complaining because they’re not winning at the moment and if they were winning, they wouldn’t be complaining.

“Well, we’ve got to remember United fans were demonstrating before the Glazers took over. Some of the fans were so upset that they went off and set up their own club – FC United of Manchester.

“David Beckham wore the green and gold scarf on the pitch after Manchester United had beaten AC Milan in the Champions League 4-0. Manchester United fans were complaining from the start and during the good times as well, so I don’t accept this argument that they’re only complaining because they’re not winning.”

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The reporter highlighted how fans of other clubs who believe the Glazers are providing Manchester United managers with plenty of transfer funds are living under a false narrative.

His comments have been well-received by Manchester United fans on Twitter.

Solhekol added: “Fans of other clubs who say the Glazers have spent over £1bn on players – that’s not the Glazers’ money, that is money Manchester United have generated.”

The latest protest against the Glazers was held prior to Sunday’s defeat to Brighton.

Businessman Michael Knighton has confirmed he is fronting ‘hostile takeover’ bid against Glazer ownership.

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