Glazer Family Put Manchester United for Sale after Cristiano Ronaldo’s exit


The Glazer family is exploring the potential sale of Manchester United after a dramatic day of developments at Old Trafford that saw Cristiano Ronaldo exit the club with immediate effect.

Following the news of the Portugal star’s departure, it emerged that United’s controversial owners have consulted investment bankers to explore their financial options, including a full or partial sale of one of the world’s most famous clubs.

Last night United released a statement saying that the board “is commencing a process to explore strategic alternatives for the club.”

The statement went on: “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.”

The news comes barely a fortnight after it was reported that Fenway Sports Group (FSG), the American owners of Liverpool, had put the Merseyside club up for sale. FSG and the Glazers had been driving forces behind the failed European Super League (ESL) plot, which collapsed amid a furious backlash last year.

Speculation that the Glazers could sell United has been rife for years and their 17-year ownership of the club has been marked by a decline on the pitch and long-standing fan protests.

The prospect of a sale would be welcomed by many United supporters, who have campaigned for the Americans’ removal. Jim Ratcliffe, the billionaire majority shareholder of chemical group Ineos who has supported United since childhood, said last month that the Glazers told him they did not want to sell the club.

Indeed, it remains possible that the family – who bought United in a highly leveraged takeover in May 2005 that was fiercely protested by fans at the time and led to some supporters forming a breakaway club – may decide not to sell and could instead pursue fresh investment.

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