Neville reveals his ‘biggest concern’ for Man Utd takeover amid fear over ‘big charade’ from Glazers

Neville on Man Utd takeover Credit: Alamy
Neville on Man Utd takeover Credit: Alamy

Gary Neville has revealed what his “biggest concern” is regarding the potential takeover of Man Utd, which could be completed before the end of this season.

The Red Devils have been up for sale since the end of November. The Glazer family revealed that they would “evaluate all options” with a full sale being possible.

There has been significant interest in Man Utd and official bids from interested parties were lodged last Friday. Qatari Sheikh Jassim Bin Hamad Al Thani is understood to be battling British billionaire Sir Jim Ratcliffe for the takeover.

It was reported last week that the Glazer family ‘want at least £5bn’ if they are to sell the Premier League club.

Neville discussed the potential takeover of Man Utd in detail during his latest podcast. He has admitted that his “biggest concern” would be that a couple of members of the Glazer family remain involved while the rest are “bought out” by a party who “wouldn’t mind owning a minority share”.

“I think what scares Man Utd fans most is the feeling this Man Utd ownership are running this process to drive a massive price up to try to somehow establish a level which means two of them can stay in and the rest of the family that want out can be bought out by an American fund who wouldn’t mind owning a minority or significant share but not the entirety of the share,” he said via the Gary Neville podcast.

“That’s the biggest concern. The whole emphasis at this moment in time from Man Utd fans is this has to be the end of the Glazer ownership.”

Neville later argued that Man Utd’s current owners have “run out of money” and that the club deserve more.

“They’ve run out of money, they’ve not invested in the stadium. The fans want a new stadium, whether that’s Old Trafford refurbished or a new one rebuilt, we need new facilities,” Neville added.

“Man Utd’s stadium is behind a lot of the big [clubs] in Europe.

“The sporting project they’ve failed on in the last 10 years since Sir Alex Ferguson left.

“It’s doing quite well at the moment, third in the league but it’s not where Man Utd want to be.”

When asked if he thinks the Glazers truly intend to sell up, he continued: “I still think there is a focus that this isn’t one big charade that the Glazers are running to try to establish a value which would be for their brothers and sisters to exit and the couple that want to stay in to stay,” he continued.

“There’s a priority at this moment in time for them to go.”

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