Manchester United confirmed the Glazers ARE prepared to sell the club after 17 years at Old Trafford

MANCHESTER UNITED STATEMENT IN FULL: Club confirm the Glazers ARE prepared to sell up after 17 years at Old Trafford – as US tycoons announce they are set to evaluate ‘strategic alternatives’ in shock statement

  • The Glazers have confirmed they are ready to sell Man United after 17 years
  • United revealed they have started a process to ‘explore strategic alternatives to enhance the club’s growth’ in a shock statement on Tuesday night
  • Joel and Avram Glazer insist they are determined to do what is right for the club

The Glazers have confirmed they are ready to sell Manchester United after 17 years at Old Trafford.

In a sensational statement on Tuesday night, United revealed they have kickstarted a process to ‘explore strategic alternatives to enhance the club’s growth’, which includes a potential sale.

A club statement reads: ‘Manchester United plc (NYSE:MANU), one of the most successful and historic sports clubs in the world, announces today that the Company’s Board of Directors (the ‘Board’) is commencing a process to explore strategic alternatives for the club.

The Glazers have confirmed they are ready to sell Manchester United after 17 years at the club

The Glazers have confirmed they are ready to sell Manchester United after 17 years at the club

The process is designed to enhance the club’s future growth, with the ultimate goal of positioning the club to capitalize on opportunities both on the pitch and commercially.

As part of this process, the Board will consider all strategic alternatives, including new investment into the club, a sale, or other transactions involving the Company. This will include an assessment of several initiatives to strengthen the club, including stadium and infrastructure redevelopment, and expansion of the club’s commercial operations on a global scale, each in the context of enhancing the long-term success of the club’s men’s, women’s and academy teams, and bringing benefits to fans and other stakeholders.’

Joel and Avram Glazer also added: ‘The strength of Manchester United rests on the passion and loyalty of our global community of 1.1 billion fans and followers. As we seek to continue building on the Club’s history of success, the Board has authorized a thorough evaluation of strategic alternatives. We will evaluate all options to ensure that we best serve our fans and that Manchester United maximizes the significant growth opportunities available to the Club today and in the future. Throughout this process we will remain fully focused on serving the best interests of our fans, shareholders, and various stakeholders.’

The US tycoons have been deeply unpopular figures at Old Trafford for a number of years

The US tycoons have been deeply unpopular figures at Old Trafford for a number of years

Now they appear to be eyeing an exit after confirming they would be open to a potential sale

Now they appear to be eyeing an exit after confirming they would be open to a potential sale

That would come as music to the ears of United fans who have long protested against them

That would come as music to the ears of United fans who have long protested against them

United’s statement then concluded: ‘The Raine Group is acting as the Company’s exclusive financial advisor and Latham & Watkins LLP is legal counsel to the Company.

‘Rothschild and Co. is acting as exclusive financial advisor to the Glazer family shareholders.

‘There can be no assurance that the review being undertaken will result in any transaction involving the Company. Manchester United does not intend to make further announcements regarding the review unless and until the Board has approved a specific transaction or other course of action requiring a formal announcement.’

The Glazers have been in power at United for 17 years since a leveraged £790million buyout in 2005, but their ownership has proved a deeply unpopular one for a number of years.

Protests spiraled out of control when the club signed up to the now-doomed European Super League last year, with fans invading the pitch at Old Trafford to call for their US owners to leave.

Now they look to have finally got their wish, as it is understood the Glazers will listen to offers in excess of £5billion but may demand as much as £9bn.



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