It has been almost 20 years since American tycoon Malcolm Glazer bought his first stake in Manchester United – and now his family’s controversial tenure at the club may finally be coming to an end.
“Love Manchester United, hate Glazers” chants are often heard at Old Trafford, and the bosses Explore sales will make many people happy Unity supporter.
Here, Sky News tells the story of the Glazers owning the Premier League club and explains why the family is so unpopular with fans – even drawing criticism from their own star player, Cristiano Ronaldo, who left the club Effective immediately earlier today.
Glazers buy Manchester United and Saddlers with debt
When Malcolm Glazer began investing in Manchester United in March 2003, he owned the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, a then-Super Bowl-winning American football team.
At the time, United dominated the Premier League and were one of the most successful clubs in the world, winning a string of trophies under Sir Alex Ferguson.
The Glazers took full control of United in June 2005, but the deal was deeply unpopular with supporters because it was largely financed by loans against club assets.
Glazer suffered two strokes in the year following the leveraged buyout, and his six children – Avram, Joel, Bryan, Kevin, Darcy and Edward – run United, all of whom are on the board member.
The Glazer family’s £790m takeover left Manchester United with debts now around £500m. The club was debt free prior to the takeover.
Fans are furious that the Glazers spent more than £1bn paying off debts while cashing in on bonuses from the club.
Fan protests and FC United formation
The Glazer family’s first visit to Old Trafford in June 2005 ended in ugly and violent scenes when police clashed with supporters who effectively kept United’s new clubs at the stadium .
According to reports, Joel, Avram and Brian Glazer had to be smuggled down the players’ tunnel and off the ground in two police tactical assistance vehicles for their own safety.
A controversial takeover by the Glazer family has prompted a group of disaffected Manchester United supporters to form a new football club.
FC United started their first season in 2005-06 and now play in the Northern Premier League, the seventh tier of the English football league system.
success on the pitch
Under Sir Alex’s continued management, United have remained successful initially under the Glazers, winning five Premier League titles in seven seasons between 2007 and 2013.
with star players Ronaldo Along with Wayne Rooney, United enjoyed three prolific three years between 2007 and 2009, winning three Premier League titles, a Champions League trophy and the League Cup.
But fan anger with the Glazer family remains.
Green and Gold Sport Scarf
In 2010, Manchester United fans began wearing yellow and green scarves in protest of the Glazer family’s ownership.
United are best known for their famous red jersey, but the club was originally founded in 1878 as Newton Heath Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway Football Club, and the team wears bold chartreuse stripes.
At the height of the protests, former Manchester United player David Beckham donned a green and gold scarf that he threw on the pitch when he returned to Old Trafford with AC Milan in 2010 of.
Joel and Avram Glazer were in the stadium that night, but Beckham later distanced himself from the protest, saying United’s ownership was “not my business”.
Red Knight Takeover Offer
A group of wealthy supporters is expected to bid around £1bn for United in 2010, although United insist the Glazer family owners “will not accept any offer”.
The Red Knights group, which includes former Football League chief Keith Harris and Goldman Sachs chief economist Jim O’Neill, said one of its priorities was reducing clubs’ debt levels.
The proposed bid was shelved after the group said media speculation over “overvaluation” had hindered its plans.
post ferguson problem
United’s form has been in decline since Sir Alex ended his illustrious managerial career nearly 10 years ago.
Despite the appointment of high-profile managers such as Jose Mourinho and Louis van Gaal, the club has failed to win the Premier League since 2013 – while spending more than £1bn on players.
United have also not won a trophy since their Europa League triumph in 2017.
To make matters worse, bitter rivals Manchester City and Liverpool have enjoyed great success in their regular battle for the Premier League and Champions League titles.
Malcolm Glazer dies
Malcolm Glazer Died in 2014 Now 85, he has never visited Old Trafford during his ownership of the club.
Although he was a controversial figure in Manchester, tributes have poured in from the United States, and the businessman is hugely respected for turning Tampa Bay from a laughing stock into a Super Bowl champion.
Following Glazer’s death, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said: “Malcolm Glazer was the guiding force behind a Super Bowl-winning organization.
European super angry
The Glazers are trying to form a European Super League last year.
Plans to join Manchester United, Liverpool, Manchester City, Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham spark outrage breakthrough competitionwhere founding members are exempt from downgrading.
The six English clubs had planned to form what some have dubbed a “dirty fight” group with Spanish sides Atletico Madrid, Barcelona and Real Madrid, and Italy’s AC Milan, Inter Milan and Juventus.
The proposal sparked protests from fans across England, Hundreds storm Old Trafford That meant the game had to be postponed before Manchester United were due to play Liverpool.
back the club backed down Joel Glazer, who has been announced as UEFA vice-chairman, has “unreservedly apologized” to fans, saying: “We got it wrong.”
his brother avram Refuses to apologize after Sky News confronts him in Florida.
In the wake of the scandal, United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward announced he would be leaving the club, having been an unpopular figure after a series of costly signings with little success.
Neville Brand Glazer “Scavenger”
Former United captain Gary Neville – who was a player at the club when the Glazer family took over in 2005 – has been an outspoken critic of the boss in recent months.
Neville called the Glazers “sweepers” who “need to get out of this football club, out of this country” after their UEFA Premier League defeat.
“We have to come together,” he told Sky Sports.
“It might be too late, there will be people at Manchester United, fans from 15 years ago who will say it’s too late.
“It’s never too late, we have to stop this. What we do is absolutely critical.”
Neville claims Old Trafford is “rusty”, the stadium needs £1billion to rebuild and the club is “a mess”.
“When a business fails and does not perform well, it is the owner of the business [who are to blame]said Neville after United were beaten 4-0 by Brentford this season.
“It was really simple. It failed miserably.
“Two months ago they took around £24m from the club and now they have a dilapidated, decaying stage that was second rate when it was the best stage in the world 15 or 20 years ago.
“You have a football program they don’t know about.”
Neville said “a toxic culture and atmosphere have developed at the club over the past 10 years” following the departures of Sir Alex and former United chief executive David Gill.
“It’s a mess and it can’t go on,” he added.
The latest high-profile criticism of the Glazers has come from one of Manchester United’s star players.
Ronaldo launched a Onslaught of club owners In an interview with Talk TV host Piers Morgan.
The Portuguese star, who returned to United last year after a 12-year absence, claimed the Glazers “don’t care about the club” and called it a “marketing club”.
“The way I see it, they’re going to profit from the marketing – the sport, they don’t really care,” he said.
Ronaldo also claimed United had not progressed as a club since Sir Alex Fergus left in 2013.
“Nothing has changed. Surprisingly,” he said.
“Not only the swimming pool, the jacuzzi, even the gym … even some aspects, the technology, the kitchen, the chef, I appreciate that, they are all lovely people.
“They stopped all of a sudden, which surprised me. I thought I was going to see something different… different, as I mentioned before, the technology, the infrastructure.
“But, unfortunately, we saw a lot of stuff that I saw when I was 20, 21, 23. So, it surprised me.”
Since interviews last week, the club’s lawyers have reportedly been looking for a way to end Ronaldo’s time at the club, announcing on Tuesday that he would be leaving “by mutual consent with immediate effect”.
Britain’s richest man talks about deals and interest
Bloomberg reported in August that the Glazer family was considering selling a minority stake in United and had held preliminary discussions about bringing in new investors.
Sir Jim Ratcliffe, one of Britain’s richest men, a boyhood Manchester United fan and a recognized investor in sports through his company Ineos, owns Express interest in purchasing a club.
In October, he revealed he had met the Glazers and was told they were not interested in selling United.
“I met Joel and Avram and they were the best people,” Sir Jim said.
“They are decent people and they don’t want to sell. It’s the property of the father’s six children and they don’t want to sell it.”