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Manchester United owners consider sale of club

The Glazer family, who took over at Manchester United in 2005, are hugely unpopular among the club’s fanbase.

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MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 19: A general view outside the stadium prior to  the Women's Rugby League World Cup Final match between Australia and New Zealand at Old Trafford on November 19, 2022 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images for RLWC)
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Manchester United Football Club could be sold by its owners after 17 years in charge, report Sky News.

The Glazer family are reportedly preparing to formally announce its intention to examine potential sources of outside investment. The process is likely to include a full or partial sale or strategic partnership with third parties.

United have not won a Premier League title since 2013 and the Glazer family, who took over in 2005, are hugely unpopular among the club’s fanbase.

A partial sale to new investors, with capital being raised to fund a redevelopment of the Old Trafford stadium, is another potential outcome.

For over 18 months, the club has been promising to introduce a supporter ownership scheme that would give United fans shares with the same voting rights as the Glazer family.

The initiative has yet to be launched despite a pledge to have it operational by the start of the 2021-22 season.

Super League plans

The Premier League giants were one of six Premier League teams to agree to join the failed Super League project. In 2021, supporters of the club forced the postponement of a home match against Liverpool after protesting against the Glazer family.

Ronaldo leaves

Thousands of supporters marched to Old Trafford in protest before the match against Liverpool in August. On Tuesday, United announced Cristiano Ronaldo would be leaving the club with immediate effect.

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