‘Return the club to its former glories’ - Man United receive opening Qatari takeover bid

A major update on the potential changing of hands in the boardroom at Premier League giants Manchester United has been confirmed late on Friday evening.

The subject of the ownership situation on the red half of Manchester has of course come back to the fore in a major way across the last couple of weeks.

This comes after word was forthcoming in the media that a fresh push to oust current majority shareholders the Glazers from their place at Old Trafford was on the horizon.

Ahead of tonight’s deadline, a whole host of parties, in turn, were tipped to move forward with opening offers to take full control of United.

And, as alluded to above, a short time ago, one such proposal was confirmed.

The bid in question comes by way of Sheikh Jassim bin Hamad bin Jaber Al Thani, the chairman of one of Qatar’s leading banks.

In a statement submitted to the Financial Times, Al Thani revealed his intention to ‘return the club to its former glories’, by way of a ‘completely debt free’ endeavour:

“The bid plans to return the Club to its former glories both on and off the pitch, and – above all – will seek to place the fans at the heart of Manchester United Football Club once more.”

“The bid will be completely debt free via Sheikh Jassim’s Nine Two Foundation, which will look to invest in the football teams, the training centre, the stadium and wider infrastructure, the fan experience and the communities the Club supports.”

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Conor Laird

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