Manchester United fans will have to bite their lips and hold their tongues for the next five years with regards to any frustrations they have towards the Glazer family’s ownership of their club; the American’s are here to stay.
According to The Guardian, which claims to have insider knowledge of the plans of United’s powers that be, the Glazer’s have no intentions of selling their controlling share at Old Trafford, and want to continue their work towards increasing the club’s power as a global brand.
The Glazers at United
Since taking over in 2006 the family have ruled the roost during one of the most successful periods in United’s history with regards to the on-pitch successes, and the valuation of the franchise - according to Forbes - now sits at double the £790 million it was worth when the Glazers, fronted by the recently departed Malcolm, assumed charge.
The fortunes on the playing side of things having taken a large hit since the retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson and this, combined with the subsequently increasing levels of fan fury, had seen people tipping the family to look to sell the club in its entirety, for around £1.85 billion. These rumours were fuelled by the fact that recent share issues in New York resulted in the Glazer’s relinquishing another five percent of their ownership.
However now it appears that the speculation of a new mega-money takeover is vastly premature, and the Glazers will remain at the helm of the club as they look to oversee a return to the summit of English football. Regardless of last season’s woes under David Moyes it’s believed United have a worldwide fan base of around 690 million people, and the aim is very much to build upon the exponential growth of recent times.
Yet there remains high levels of trepidation and concern amongst the fans, aided in no small part by a perceived lack of transfer spending this summer. When Louis van Gaal was appointed there was a wave of optimism which proved enough to convince fans that some of football’s brightest talents would be pledging their support for the cause by way of making moves to Old Trafford.
However, though Luke Shaw and Ander Herrera were acquired for a combined £56 million, there has been no transfer action to get excited about since June, and the defeat to Swansea on Saturday - the club's first opening day loss since the Premier League’s inception - appears to have stoked the flames of revolution in the stands.