Man United co-owner Avram Glazer IGNORES questions about proposed takeover at the FA Cup final… with reviled American chiefs holding out for £6bn from Jim Ratcliffe and Qatari bidders amid fan protests
Avram Glazer blanked all questions about the proposed takeover of Manchester United at the FA Cup final on Sunday.
Glazer, 62, one of the deeply unpopular co-owners of the English giants, watched on at Wembley Stadium as United lost the FA Cup final 2-1 against rivals Manchester City.
And after the match, Glazer was approached by Sky with questions on the long-running takeover saga.
He was asked: ‘Are you definitely selling Manchester United? Are you going to accept the Jim Ratcliffe or Qatari bid?
‘Why are you not speaking to the fans? Don’t the fans deserve to know what’s happening with the takeover?’
But, despite clearly hearing the reporter, Glazer marched straight past him, refusing to make eye contact or acknowledge his presence.
His stance may anger fans given genuine questions over the state of the protracted potential takeover, with the Glazers holding out for £6billion.
The Glazer family have spent more than 15 years at the helm of the club since acquiring a majority stake in 2005, and have presided over an ever-deteriorating relationship between the ownership and the Old Trafford faithful.
The family’s reign at the club could end this summer as a long-rumoured takeover looks set to finally be in motion.
Sheikh Jassim bin Hamad al-Thani, of Qatar, and British billionaire Sir Jim Ratcliffe are the only publicly interested parties in a full takeover, with a recent report from the sun claiming Ratcliffe is the Glazers’ preferred bidder.
However, sources close to both of the club’s prospective new owners claimed last month that stories about Ratcliffe now being in pole position may in fact be part of strategic play by New York bankers Raine to squeeze yet bigger bids from both parties.
The six Glazer siblings reportedly could retain shares in United as part of Ratcliffe’s phased takeover bid – as opposed to a full sale to Sheikh Jassim – which would cause more fury among supporters.
Delays to the sale as the Glazers hold out for £6bn could have a severe impact on manager Erik ten Hag’s plans to rebuild his squad this summer. Mail Sport‘s Chris Wheeler insists the ‘only winners of this chaotic affair’ are the Glazers.
Last month, pundit and United club legend Gary Neville ripped into the Glazer family for handling Man United’s takeover process ‘unprofessionally’.
The Red Devils have been searching for a new owner for months now and seemed as though they were closing in on a potential announcement earlier in May.
Reports suggested that Ratcliffe had been identified as the preferred bidder to buy the club from the Glazer family, but has not received the green light to commence the takeover.
And, as United’s fans continue to be left in the dark over the matter, former right-back Neville has voiced his displeasure with the situation on social media.
Taking to his Twitter page on Wednesday morning, Neville wrote: ‘Plainly obvious the Glazer family aren’t going to announce anything on the ownership until the season is closed!
‘They’ve been spinning it out unprofessionally for weeks and months now. They know fan protests would have been more significant than they already have if matches were still being played and the end result of the sale process is unpopular.
‘Basically any family members staying in would be deemed unacceptable by all fans. Is this why they’re holding off?’.
Having announced during the World Cup that they were seeking fresh revenue streams, be that an investment in the club or an outright sale, much speculation has surrounded United and the potential next owners.