Manchester United's shares have risen steeply after speculation concerning a potential takeover bid involving the 'Class of 92', reports suggest.
According to The Daily Mail, such shares went up by £80 million following reports that David Beckham, Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes, Gary Neville, Phil Neville and Nicky Butt were in talks to front a buyout of the club backed by the Royal Family of Qatar.
Such speculation concerning what would be a quite incredible takeover by some of Manchester United's favourite and most-successful sons first surfaced earlier this week, with The Sun suggesting that those six were in talks with wealthy benefactors to form a consortium to buy the club from current owners the Glazers.
That initial report contained an unnamed source who appeared to claim that the American family had 'lost interest' in Manchester United and that the club was effectively for sale as a result.
Although further sources have rubbished such claims and re-iterated that the Glazers are committed to a rebuild, the sheer thought of a team featuring the likes of Beckham and Neville possibly taking over at Old Trafford certainly seems to have excited many fans.
With David Moyes - who took over from the immensely-successful figure of Sir Alex Ferguson during the summer - and his squad limping rather aimlessly through a difficult 2013/14 season that has largely lurched from disappointment to the next, it is clear that the supporters are in need of a boost - and what a boost it would be with many of them clearly not having been particularly taken with the Glazers in the first place.
However, despite all the back and forth with talks of potential takeovers, Moyes must focus his squad to channel out gossip of that nature to the best of their ability as Manchester United prepare to provide a reaction to their disappointing 3-0 defeat at the hands of rivals Manchester City on Tuesday night with a clash against Aston Villa tomorrow.
Following that, the Red Devils welcome Pep Guardiloa's formidable Bayern Munich side next week for the first-leg of their Champions League quarter-final tie.