The Glazers are under more pressure than ever before to end their unpopular ownership of Manchester United and sell the club – but who could buy them out?
United’s Premier League clash with Liverpool was postponed on Sunday after fans broke into Old Trafford to protest against the Glazers, who sparked outrage by agreeing to join the doomed European Super League earlier this month.
Reports suggest the Red Devils chiefs are considering selling their shares this summer, which would come as music to the supporters’ ears.
And amid talk of an exit for the Glazers, Daily Star Sport have taken a look at four potential takeover options for United.
Prince Mohammed bin Salman
Saudi Arabia’s crown prince, who came close to taking over at Newcastle last year, was reportedly keen to buy United back in 2019, even preparing a staggering £3.5billion bid to do so.
However, the Glazers rebuffed his interest and insisted they had no intention of selling up at that time.
Should they place United up for sale this summer, though, Bin Salman will likely be one of the first in line to take the Old Trafford reins.
Sir Jim Ratcliffe
Ratcliffe is Britain’s richest man thanks to his multi-national chemicals company Ineos, handing him a net worth in excess of £20billion.
And United fans will be pleased to hear that he’s also a lifelong fan of the club, meaning he will be in the running to replace the Glazers should a takeover appear on the cards.
With that being said, the billionaire has previously criticised his beloved club as a business and suggested it would not make sense to buy it – which may spell bad news.
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Back in 2010 former Goldman Sachs chairman and United fan Jim O’Neill launched a bid to take over at United through a fan-led consortium.
It didn’t get very far, with the consortium failing to even secure direct talks with the Glazers, but amid calls for fan-ownership models following the Super League fiasco a similar manoeuvre could gain traction in the future.
O’Neil has written to Joel Glazer and called for United’s owners to reform the company’s equity structure so that their shares are equal in voting rights to the company’s public shareholders, but here’s to hoping.
Another potential, albeit unlikely, option for the Red Devils is a Special Purpose Acquisition Company, otherwise known as a “blank cheque company”, which is a cash-shell company tasked with purchasing businesses on behalf of multiple shareholders.
A number of investors could pool together capital to relieve United of the Glazers’ ownership, with cash given upfront and more promised when a deal is agreed.
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