Manchester United Supporters Trust welcomes Glazer’s decision to sell the club – but warns any new owners they “must be willing to invest to restore former glories” after 17 years of decline
- Manchester United’s American owners stunned the football world by saying they are willing to sell the club in a shock announcement on Tuesday night
- The Glazers are seeking further investment “to enhance the club’s growth” but opened the door to a “sale” in a 333-word statement
- The announcement has been welcomed by the Manchester United Supporters Trust
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The Manchester United Supporters Trust (MUST) has welcomed the news that the Glazer family are finally ready to sell the club after 17 years of ownership – but has issued a warning to potential new owners that they must be ready to invest.
The unpopular American owners – who have faced significant opposition from fans during their tenure – sensationally announced on Tuesday that they would be willing to sell the club after 17 years in charge.
In a statement, the club said the board began a process “designed to enhance the club’s future growth” with the intention of maximizing opportunities on and off the pitch.
And that announcement has been welcomed by the club’s supporters group – but has been met with caution as they look for the right investment after almost two decades of ‘decline’.
“The statement last night from Manchester United, that the club is for sale, confirmed information we have been hearing for the last few days,” the statement read.
“Over the last 17 years, Manchester United fans have been appalled by the ownership of the club. During that period we have witnessed a decline in the player side and a decline in our stadium.
“Until recently, any proper dialogue with fan groups had also been absent. Although supporters have long called for change, of course this has to be the right change.
The Manchester United Supporters Trust (MUST) has welcomed the news that the Glazer family are finally ready to sell the club after 17 years of ownership
Joel and Avram Glazer stunned the football world by announcing Manchester United are up for sale – or inviting further investment – on Tuesday
“At the moment our club needs new investment more than ever. It requires new ownership.
“Any potential new owner or investor must be committed to the club’s culture, ethos and best traditions. They must be willing to invest to restore United to their former glory, and that investment must be real new money spent on the player side and the stadium.
“Finally, any new ownership structure must integrate supporters, including some degree of fan ownership, into their operating model. Manchester United’s fans are its greatest asset and hold the key to unlocking the true value of any football club.
“This relationship must be equal – sharing in ownership and united by the same goals.”
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The fans’ protests against the Americans’ ownership have grown in ferocity in recent months