The self-made Salford millionaire who almost bought Manchester United a few years ago has said that the club need a mega-money takeover if they are to solve their current crisis.
According to the Daily Mail, Fred Done, who set up the bookmakers Betfred in 1967, launched a scathing verbal attack on the Glazer family, who currently own United, and claimed it would take an investment from a russian oligarch or an Arab sheik to get them out of the hole they find themselves in.
Despite reportedly being prepared to offer David Moyes £200million in transfer funds this summer, to fix the damage that a terrible campaign has wrought, the Glazers have largely stayed away from the troubles at United this term, and Done believes the club will only get worse unless they are bought out of their position.
“It breaks my heart,” Done is quoted as having said.
“They're sat in Florida while 70,000 who love the club are paying for their debt and dividends and are not seeing a good team. We're watching rubbish.
“It's purely a financial instrument for the Glazers. When the right cheque is waved at them they will go.
“It will take an Arab sheik or a Russian oligarch. Look at City. They are murdering them.”
The Mail goes on to state that Done believes it will take a £2billion buy-out from any potential suitors, to ensure that United remain on parity with their closest Premier League rivals.
Moyes’ squad currently sit 7th in the Premier League, but are 12 points away from fourth placed Manchester City.