Man Utd: Journalist praised for ‘speaking facts’ about Glazers on live TV

  • Rob Swan
Sky Sports reporter praised by Man Utd fans for ‘speaking facts’ about the Glazers on live TV

Manchester United fans have praised journalist Kaveh Solhekol for ‘speaking facts’ about the Glazer family’s ownership of the club live on Sky Sports.

United supporters held protests against the Glazers at Old Trafford on Sunday prior to the club’s opening fixture of the 2022-23 season against Brighton.

Meanwhile, Man Utd legend Gary Neville called for the Glazers to sell the club after Erik ten Hag lost his first competitive game in charge of the Red Devils.

“The time has come for the Glazer family to sell the football club. It’s now,” Neville said on his podcast, per the Daily Mail. “They are the easiest team to play against in the league – that’s a massive worry. The openness of them is unbelievable. It will have been a shock to him (Ten Hag) after a promising pre-season.”

United appear to be getting nowhere with their pursuit of Barcelona midfielder Frenkie de Jong who, by all accounts, isn’t particularly interested in a move to Old Trafford.

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LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – JULY 23: Frenkie de Jong #21 of Barcelona dribbles the ball up the pitch against Real Madrid during their preseason friendly match at Allegiant Stadium on July 23, 2022 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Barcelona defeated Real Madrid 1-0. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

They’ve since turned their attention to French midfielder Adrien Rabiot, who has one year left on his Juventus contract and would be a relatively cheap signing.

United are also being linked with a shock move for 33-year-old former Stoke City and West Ham striker Marko Arnautovic, who currently plies his trade with Bologna.

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BOLOGNA, ITALY – MAY 15: Marko Arnautovic of Bologna FC looks on during the warm up prior the beginning of the Serie A match between Bologna FC and US Sassuolo at Stadio Renato Dall’Ara on May 15, 2022 in Bologna, Italy. (Photo by Mario Carlini / Iguana Press/Getty Images)

What did Kaveh Solhekol say about the Glazers and Man Utd?

On Monday, following United’s defeat to Brighton and after being linked with Rabiot and Arnautovic, Solhekol’s comments about the Glazers has been shared across social media by supporters.

“Talking about that performance [2-1 loss vs Brighton] and where United are at the moment, you can’t get away from the ownership issue,” Solhekol said.

“I’ve said this before and I’ll keep saying it… under the current owners, this is what United are going to be like. Because the way they bought the club and the way they loaded debt onto the club, and the way the club has to pay those debts off, means that United are going to fall further and further behind very well run clubs like Manchester City, Liverpool, PSG, Chelsea… where you’ve got owners that put money in, not owners who take money out.

“Fifteen years ago the Glazer family borrowed £600 million to buy Manchester United. Fifteen years later that debt is still £600 million and it’s been loaded onto the club. 

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MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – AUGUST 07: General view inside the stadium during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Brighton & Hove Albion at Old Trafford on August 07, 2022 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

“The takeover has ended up costing Manchester United somewhere between £1.5 and £2 billion. That is money that has gone out of the club, so it’s not surprising that Manchester United are the state they’re in.

“Yes, for a while when Sir Alex Ferguson was in charge, he almost papered over the cracks. He made United winners. They won the Premier League title and Champions League.

“But long term, what you’re seeing yesterday is a direct result of the ownership model at Manchester United.

“That ownership model would no longer be allowed in English football. It’s not allowed in American Football. You can’t have leveraged buyouts. But unfortunately, Manchester United are saddled with it.”

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MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – MAY 18: Glazer protest scarves are seen outside Old Trafford prior to the Premier League match between Manchester United and Fulham at Old Trafford on May 18, 2021 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

Later on the show, he added: “Just to go back to this ownership issue, you look at Chelsea, they’ve got new owners. Chelsea was put up for sale. The Raine Group, the investment bank in New York, they had more than 100 parties who were interested in buying Chelsea.

“Finally, the Todd Boehly consortium bought the club for something like £3 billion. And look at what Todd Boehly is doing at Chelsea, signing Raheem Sterling and [Kalidou] Koulibaly, going for [Wesley] Fofana… those are the sort of players Manchester United should be signing.

“There are people out there who want to buy Premier League clubs, who have the money to buy Premier League clubs.

“Until this debt issue is sorted out, I don’t think Manchester United are ever going to get back to the level they were at before the Glazers arrived. Clubs like Manchester City, PSG, Liverpool are now lightyears – lightyears! – ahead of Manchester United.

“Look at the league table last season, City finished 35 points above Manchester United, they’re almost in a different league. 

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MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – MAY 22: Fernandinho of Manchester City lifts the Premier League trophy with team mates Riyad Mahrez, Kyle Walker, Phil Foden, Kevin De Bruyne, Ruben Diaz and Gabriel Jesus during the Premier League match between Manchester City and Aston Villa at Etihad Stadium on May 22, 2022 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

“You look at the way City operate. How many years is it going to take for United to overtake City again? I’m not sure it’ll happen unless there’s a chance in the ownership structure because the money that’s been taken out of Manchester United is the reason they’re in the state they’re in today.”

Watch Kaveh Solhekol’s segment about the Glazers here:

And let’s check out some of the reaction from Man Utd fans:

Next up for Man Utd… Brentford away

United, 13th in the Premier League table after the opening round of matches, can ill-afford to lose away at Brentford this weekend.

Meanwhile, club legend Rio Ferdinand has named the XI he would pick for that fixture, including moving centre-back Lisandro Martinez into midfield.

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