Glazers caved in to demands from Man Utd fans – and could now sell to Saudis
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    Manchester United owners the Glazers decided to sell the club after caving in to the demands of those fans who hated them.

    And the Glazers will sell the club to the highest bidder – which could include a billionaire consortium from Saudi Arabia. It's understood the Glazers want to flog United lock, stock and barrel and are not interested in inviting someone to take a sizeable stake in the club.

    The American billionaires have set an asking price of around £6billion. United's legion of supporters have repeatedly called for their despised owners to sell-up.

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    The Glazers bought United in 2005 but went on to become hugely unpopular. The tipping point came in the wake of the club's involvement in the failed European Super League proposal and subsequent criticism that followed.

    A senior club source said: "Things have changed for the Glazers in the past 18 months or so. Lots of people have left the club. There was the fallout from the European Super League disaster and there is always the backdrop of the supporters not liking them. They've basically had enough of it all and want to move on."

    The Glazers will spent the next month talking to interested parties before drawing up a shortlist of potential buyers, which is expected to include British billionaire Sir Jim Ratcliffe.

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    This is despite Ratcliffe telling media last month that his interest in the club was over. Ratcliffe, who's worth a staggering £10.9 billion, made a pitch for United after missing out on Chelsea to Todd Boehly earlier this year.

    The 69-year-old even met with the Glazers but was unable to entice them into selling unless he coughed up £10bn.

    Ratcliffe said: "Our position has developed since the summer and we are now focusing our efforts in Nice and raising our ambitions for the club to make them into a top tier club in France to compete with PSG. This would represent much better value for our investment than buying one of the top tier Premier League clubs."

    United are considered by many as the biggest football club in the world and claimed that they have 1.1billion fans and followers during the announcement that the club was seeking investment. It would mean over one in every eight people on the planet were United fans.

    A press release from the club read: "Executive co-chairmen and directors, Avram Glazer and Joel Glazer said “The strength of Manchester United rests on the passion and loyalty of our global community of 1.1 billion fans and followers. As we seek to continue building on the club’s history of success, the board has authorised a thorough evaluation of strategic alternatives."


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