Manchester United set for massive Qatar takeover bid – potentially within a week

Manchester United set for massive Qatar takeover bid: A general view of the East Stand at Old Trafford, the home of Manchester United before the UEFA Champions League match between Manchester United and Sporting Braga on October 23, 2012 in Manchester, England.
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Manchester United is to be the subject of a Qatar-based ownership bid within the coming days.

That's according to the Mail (opens in new tab), who says that United could be the next Premier League club to be taken over by Middle Eastern buyers, following Manchester City and Newcastle United, owned by UAE and Saudi Arabian groups, respectively.

There could be plans, too, to give Erik ten Hag a huge transfer budget to reshape the Red Devils as he sees fit. 

Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag prior to the Premier League match between Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur on 20 October, 2022 at Old Trafford, Manchester, United Kingdom

Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag could be about to receive a transfer windfall.  (Image credit: Manchester United via Getty Images)

According to the report, "high-wealth individuals based in the oil-rich state, buoyed by Qatar’s hosting of the World Cup, have set their sights on a club they view as ‘football’s crown jewels’."

United are one of the highest-profile clubs in the world, of course, and the most successful Premier League side ever with 13 titles in the modern era. 

Qatar's monarch Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani is apparently a big United fan – and with current owners, the Glazer family, setting a deadline for bids somewhere in the middle of February, there is hope that a bid for the club could be made swiftly. 

The report states, too, that the investors interested in purchasing Manchester United are a different group from those who own Paris Saint-German, Qatari Sports Investments.

Joel Glazer

The Glazer family, currently in charge at United, are very unpopular with fans (Image credit: PA)

Along with a Qatari-based bid, United are expecting interest from Sir Jim Ratcliffe (opens in new tab), owner of Ligue 1 side Nice and long-standing United supporter. 

UFC star Conor McGregor has also touted potentially buying (opens in new tab) the Old Trafford outfit. 

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Formal bids are set to be submitted to buy United. The club had a quiet January window but brought in Marcel Sabitzer on deadline day after Christian Eriksen picked up a long-term injury.

Former United chairman Martin Edwards, meanwhile, has spoken to FFT about how the club's 1991 European Cup Winners' Cup victory helped changed the perception of English football across the continent.

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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.