Man Utd fans set off flares as they protest against the Glazers
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Manchester United’s controversial owners the Glazers are currently in the spotlight. With no signings yet made, and the club’s pursuit of Frenkie de Jong dragging out, the Americans have come in for flak on social media. This is all happening just weeks after it was claimed there was a ‘feeling’ within the industry that Sir Jim Ratcliffe was interested in buying the club.
Ratcliffe recently tried to buy Chelsea, when it became apparent that Roman Abramovich would be leaving Stamford Bridge.
However, he ultimately missed out with American Todd Boehly buying the Blues instead.
Last month, it was reported that industry insiders thought Ratcliffe wasn’t bothered at missing out on Chelsea ‘at all’.
It was also stated that there’s a ‘feeling’ the approach was ‘really about broadcasting to the Glazers’ that Ratcliffe is willing and ready to buy United.
While there’s been no news since then, Ratcliffe has spoken about buying United in the past.
And he implied in May that he wouldn’t be making a move on the Red Devils because he thought they’re ‘not for sale’.
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“You know, I have a split allegiance, effectively, really,” he said.
“When I was in London for many many years, Chelsea I could go and watch, it was quite difficult to go and watch United.
“Yes, I mean, I can understand that (the calls for him to buy United) but Manchester United is not for sale.”
In 2019, Ratcliffe also said that his company Ineos wouldn’t go for United because they are in a ‘big pickle’ as a business.
“[Ineos] never wants to be the dumb money in town, never,” he told the Times.
“They [United] are in quite a big pickle as a business.
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“They haven’t got the manager selection right, haven’t bought well. They have been the dumb money, which you see with players like Fred.
“United have spent an immense amount since Ferguson left and been poor, to put it mildly. Shockingly poor, to be honest.
“We have a different approach here to be moderately intelligent about it. Try to do it more grassroots, trying to locate young talent.
“Some clubs seem to have an ability to do that, Southampton, Lille. United have done it really poorly. They have lost the plot.”
Unfortunately for United fans, it appears the Glazers won’t be going anywhere anytime soon.
Avram Glazer recently spoke out, in a rare event, saying the club had endured a ‘disappointing’ season under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Ralf Rangnick.
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But he also insisted they’ve ‘always spent the money’ and backed Erik ten Hag to transform the club’s fortunes.
Meanwhile, football finance expert Kieran Maguire recently hit out at the Glazers and their failed European Super League plot.
Last year, the Americans tried to form a new breakaway division – along with other top teams from around Europe.
And, though they’ve apologised for their actions, Maguire feels their approach was ‘arrogant’.
Speaking to Football Insider, he said: “There was a lot of resistance from players to the European Super League. That has to be acknowledged.
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“It was one of the most arrogant, hand-fisted launches of a product in the history of business.
“I went on the Super League website and it is only in the last seven days that the website has stopped. Until last weekend Joel Glazer’s comments about bringing together the world’s best players and teams were still on there.
“You would have thought that Manchester United would have wanted to distance themselves. But the fact that they have been flying the flag with Joe Glazer’s comments on the website is indicative of just how disconnected the club is from the understanding of English football.
“The Glazers would love the Super League because Manchester United’s share price has tanked. They are currently trading at less than when the club was initially launched on the stock exchange 10 years ago.
“The only way they are going to recover is with increased revenues.”
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