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24th Nov 2022

Manchester United co-owner Avram Glazer speaks out over possible sale

Steve Hopkins

He also had a few parting words for Ronaldo

Manchester United co-owner Avram Glazer has spoken out about the possible sale of the club after being confronted near his home in Florida and had a few parting words for Cristiano Ronaldo.

Sky News tracked down Glazer near West Palm Beach where he told the broadcaster of finding “strategic alternatives” for the club after the “board went through a process” and decided now was the time to explore options.

He also responded to criticism from Ronaldo who sensationally left the club earlier this week immediately by mutual consent.

Glazer did not answer directly on why he was considering selling the club.

It was reported on Wednesday that it was starting a review designed to boost the club’s success – which included looking at a potential sale.

Many Manchester United fans have long campaigned against the club’s American owners and accused them of a lack of investment and saddling the club with too much debt.

The club’s facilities, manager Erik ten Hag and the attitude of the Glazers were also criticised by Ronaldo in an explosive recent interview with Piers Morgan that is said to have left the Glazers fuming.

See also: Cristiano Ronaldo’s interview with Piers Morgan

Avram Glazer refused to be drawn by Sky News on the striker’s claim that his family “don’t care about the club” and only spoke highly of the star, saying: “Well, I’ll tell you about Cristiano Ronaldo – he’s a great Manchester United player, I appreciate everything he’s done for the club and I wish him the best luck in the future.”

Glazer then blanked a question on why the Portuguese player had to leave the club and walked away into a restaurant.

Sky said it wasn’t guaranteed that the Glazers would end their 17-year ownership of the club.

One option, it speculated, was a partial sale to new investors.

If the Glazers completely withdraw from the club, potential buyers include British billionaire Sir Jim Ratcliffe, a Manchester-born fan of the club, who said he was interested in the summer.

However, come October, he reportedly said the Glazers “don’t want to sell”.

in the summer said he was interested.

Manchester United’s review comes weeks after Liverpool’s US owners said they were open to offers and already had interest from groups looking to buy shares.

Read the Sky News report here.

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