Under-fire Man United owners the Glazers ‘want £4BILLION to sell the club… and they thought their demands would have been met had the European Super League not collapsed’
- The Glazer family have reportedly set a price of £4billion to sell Man United
- United fans are furious with the owners after the failed European Super League
- The Red Devils were one of 12 clubs to join the £3.5billion breakaway league
- Glazers reportedly believe the price would have been met if ESL went through
- United supporters called for the Glazers to sell up during protests on Saturday
The Glazers will sell Manchester United for no less than £4billion with the unpopular owners reportedly confident that the huge price would have been met had the European Super League not collapsed, The Mirror reports.
United’s American billionaire owners have long been reviled by supporters since they purchased the club for £790m back in 2005.
However, United’s decision to join the disastrous breakaway league – of which Joel Glazer is understood to have been a driving force – has seen a complete breakdown in the relationship between fans and the owners, with supporters gathering outside Old Trafford on Saturday demanding that the family sell up.
And The Mirror reports that an offer of £4bn would tempt Joel and brother Avram to finally give up control of the club.
Man United owners the Glazers reportedly want £4billion to relinquish control of the club
United fans want the unpopular American billionaires to sell up after an eventful week
More pertinently, the owners are said to have been confident that the mammoth valuation would have been met had the Super League not so spectacularly fallen apart.
United, alongside Liverpool and Arsenal’s American owners and Real Madrid president Florentino Perez, are understood to have been the architects of the failed plot, with JP Morgan providing £3.5bn towards the competition.
The ESL triggered a strong negative reaction with fans, pundits and even UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson furious with the competition that was branded a ‘closed shop’ by its detractors.
United joined 12 clubs in signing up for the disastrous European Super League on Sunday
However, amid widespread backlash the Red Devils swiftly dropped out of the competition
And no sooner than 48 hours after the project was announced did all six of England’s participating clubs – United, Arsenal, Liverpool, Man City, Spurs and Chelsea – drop out of the league.
The Super League, coupled with United’s unique heritage and commercial gravitas, left the Glazers with the belief that the £4bn price tag is justified.
Had the Super League have been formed, the value of the 12 participating clubs would have increased dramatically, resulting in a healthy return for the Glazers who are despised by a large section of United supporters.
The Glazers are said to believe the £4bn price tag would be met if United were in the ESL
Joel Glazer apologised for the club’s attachment to the project, penning an open letter to supporters pledging to rebuild the owners’ relationship with the fans.
‘In seeking to create a more stable foundation for the game, we failed to show enough respect for its deep-rooted traditions –promotion, relegation, the pyramid – and for that we are sorry,’ he wrote on the club’s official website.
‘This is the world’s greatest football club and we apologise unreservedly for the unrest caused during these past few days.
‘It is important for us to put that right.’
Joel Glazer’s apology did little to defuse the anger among fans who want the owners to sell up
The Super League plot appears the straw that broke the camel’s back among supporters
Fans remained unmoved by Glazer’s grovelling apology, though, and gathered outside Old Trafford on Saturday to vent their fury with the club’s ownership.
Supporters were provided with a small victory after chief executive Ed Woodward announced he would leave the club at the end of 2021, but fans are still desperate for the Glazers to move on.
United, along with the 11 other rebel clubs, are expected to face sanctions for their role in the breakaway league, although UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin told Sportsmail that the English clubs will receive lesser punishments as they were the first to drop out.