Manchester United owners Joel and Avram Glazer set to STAY if hedge fund purchases club

Manchester United statue of 'Holy Trinity' of players stands in front of Old Trafford after being unveiled today on May 29, 2008, Manchester, England. The statue of United legends Bobby Charlton, Denis Law and the late George Best comes 40 years to the day since the club first lifted the European Cup. Charlton, Best and Law scored 665 goals between them for United and between 1964 and 1968, all won the coveted European Footballer of the Year award.
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Manchester United are facing the possibility of the Glazer family remaining in charge of the club.

In November of last year, Joel and Avram Glazer confirmed they were open to the idea of selling the Red Devils, with Sir Jim Ratcliffe and Sheikh Jassim Bin Hamad Al Thani making official bids three months later. No bid has matched the US owners' valuation of the club so far, however.

Yet a third bidder, US hedge fund Elliott Management, are proposing that the Glazers remain in charge of the club, offering to finance any interested parties.

Manchester United co-chairmen Joel Glazer and Avram Glazer (L) prepare to watch the English Premier League football match between Manchester United and Burnley at Old Trafford in Manchester, north west England, on February 11, 2015. Manchester United won the game 3-1.

The Glazers may not be leaving Manchester after all (Image credit: OLI SCARFF/AFP via Getty Images)

Elliott, who had representatives in attendance for Manchester United's victory over Real Betis in the Europa League, helped finance the €740 million takeover of AC Milan by Li Yonghong in 2017. The US company took control of the Rossoneri later on, when the Chinese businessman failed to make repayments on his €300m high-interest loan. Milan were sold to investment firm Redbird for $1.2bn deal last summer.

"The Qataris and Sir Jim Ratcliffe want to buy Manchester United. Elliott Management don't want to buy Manchester United," Sky Sports News chief reporter Kaveh Solhekol claims.

"They are a hedge fund and what they have proposed is financing for any of the parties who are interested in buying Manchester United, or the Glazer family themselves, who own Manchester United.

"I know that would be bad news for a lot of Manchester United fans because they want the Glazers to go, they're hoping that either the Qataris or Sir Jim Ratcliffe buy the club.

Sir Jim Ratcliffe Manchester United

Jim Ratcliffe is a popular choice to buy Manchester United (Image credit: Getty Images)

"But Manchester United belongs to the Glazers so they can decide what happens next and it is by no means certain that they will decide to sell - even though there are offers on the table that value the club at £4.5bn."

United sit third in the table on 50 points after 26 games. 

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Manchester United are looking to capitalise on their resurgence in the transfer market, with big new signings. Victor Osimhen is one option for €100m, Declan Rice is on the radar and Jeremie Frimpong could arrive as a new right-back. More outlandish theories include signing Kylian Mbappe and selling Marcus Rashford to Arsenal

The Glazer ownership are not guaranteed to sell up – despite bids from lifelong fan, Sir Jim Radcliffe and Sheikh Jassim Bin Hamad Al Thani. Meanwhile, Marcus Rashford has underlined the importance of positive mentality at Old Trafford. 

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Mark White
Staff Writer

Mark White has been a staff writer on FourFourTwo since joining in January 2020, writing pieces for both online and the magazine. An encyclopedia of football shirts and boots knowledge – both past and present – Mark has also been to the FA Cup and League Cup finals for FFT and has written pieces for the mag ranging on subjects from Bobby Robson's season at Barcelona to Robinho's career. He once saw Tyrone Mings at a petrol station in Bournemouth but felt far too short to ask for a photo.