Manchester United have been put up for sale by owners the Glazer Family, the club has confirmed.

Manchester United have been put up for sale by owners the Glazer Family, the club has confirmed.

A statement issued on Tuesday night said that the Old Trafford outfit is “commencing a process to explore strategic alternatives for the club”.

The statement added: “As part of this process, the Board will consider all strategic alternatives, including new investment into the club, a sale, or other transactions involving the Company.”

The news came just hours after the announcement that superstar forward Cristiano Ronaldo had agreed to leave Manchester United by mutual agreement, with immediate effect.

It means Red Devils fans are staring at the beginning of a new era as manager Erik ten Hag continues to try and restore the club to its former fortunes, with the United boss making transfer plans for January and beyond.

The news comes with the Qatar 2022 World Cup now well underway. The Manchester Evening News will have all of the latest news on all of these throughout the day.

It’s been quite a day. Check back in with us tomorrow morning when we will deliver the latest updates regarding United’s ownership and transfer stories.

David Beckham is reportedly willing to consider backing a prospective Manchester United owner who is bidding to take over the club.

Reports say that the former Old Trafford midfielder is open to entering discussions with those who are serious about a possible bid, with the carrot of his financial and public support being offered in return.

It adds that while Beckham himself would not be able to afford to buy the club outright himself, he could be willing to become part of an “investment consortium”.

Sir Jim Ratcliffe could be the man to end the Glazer family’s 17-year reign of apathy at Old Trafford.

Supporters are getting excited at the prospect of Manchester United changing hands for the first time since 2005.

United are open to bringing in a striker in January after Ronaldo’s immediate exit on Tuesday.

The club have a number of potential targets and, with the squad thin in centre-forward options, they may be willing to recruit one of them in the new year.

A report from Football Insider claims Newcastle will not make a move for Cristiano Ronaldo following his exit from United.

It adds that Eddie Howe does not believe the superstar would suit his club’s pressing style of play, and does not fit into the Magpies’ transfer policy anyway.

Manchester United fans have made their feelings known about Sir Jim Ratcliffe’s potential takeover bid.

The Glazers’ unpopularity has only heightened over the past year and many see the British Ineos billionaire as the man who can guide the club in the right direction.

Sir Jim Ratcliffe will reportedly submit a bid for Manchester United, following confirmation that the Glazers were exploring a potential sale of the club.

In recent weeks a spokesperson for his company, INEOS, said he was “focusing efforts” on OGC Nice amid the news that FSG were looking at potentially offloading Liverpool.

But following the news on Tuesday night that the Glazers are “exploring strategic alternatives”, it appears he could be back in the frame to bid for the club.

According to The Telegraph, Ratcliffe will bid for United after the Glazers formally put the club on the market.

It is being reported that Sir Jim will now launch a new bid, but has concerns about overpaying, after suggestions that the Glazers are looking for a price in excess of £5billion.

After 17 years of the American family’s ownership, the club are at last up for sale.

It is far from clear who is going to step in as United’s new owners, but supporters were just glad to hopefully soon be rid of the Glazers once and for all.

Yet, there is perhaps a little more caution needed than first appears.

Although the news last night that the Glazers had put the club up for sale was met with open arms by fans, there is still a long way to go.

That is not to say the announcement should not be celebrated, far from it after 17 years of the American family’s ownership. But a club the size of United simply cannot be bought by anyone.

So, who could afford to become the new owners at Old Trafford?

Although he is not the player he once was, there will surely be plenty of clubs lining up to make a move for Ronaldo.

He may have struggled to find a side offering him Champions League football over the summer, but even if not for his talent, the marketing pull of a player like Ronaldo will undoubtedly see him land at a club sooner rather than later.

But not many people were expecting that to be AFC Crewe, a Cheshire team in the 14th tier of English football.

In a club statement on social media, they have cheekily offered the 37-year-old a new home:

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Portugal take on Ghana tomorrow for their World Cup opener, where Bruno Fernandes, Diogo Dalot and former Red, Cristiano Ronaldo, are all expected to feature.

The 37-year-old missed Portugal’s 4-0 warm-up win over Nigeria last week with gastroenteritis, prompting fears over whether the five-time Ballon d’Or star will be able to recover in time for their first match.

However, it seems as if Ronaldo will be in action tomorrow, as he was spotted in training for the first time since United’s decision to terminate his contract.

Morocco played out a 0-0 draw with Croatia during the day’s early kick-off, but the drama was not kept at bay for long.

Although perhaps not quite on the same level as Saudi Arabia beating Argentina, Japan have just beaten Germany 2-1.

With just 15 minutes to go, Japan were trailing 1-0, as they scored two goals late on to record a famous win.

And it looks as if a certain former Red enjoyed that one…!

Ronaldo has been handed a two-game suspension and fined £50,000 by the Football Association for knocking a fan’s mobile phone to the ground last season.

The FA have now released a statement explaining their decision.

The former United captain has defended Ronaldo yet again after his departure from Old Trafford was announced last night.

Keane told ITV:

There is no doubting that Ronaldo was not at his best this season during his limited minutes under Ten Hag.

But there is still an enormous gap that needs filling with his departure.

Funds may well have been made available for United to sign another striker after they saved millions through the early termination of his contract, but the solution might not be as simple as things seem.

United were interested in pursuing a deal for Depay late in the summer transfer window, as uncertainty grew over Ronaldo’s future at the club.

Following the 37-year-old’s departure, that could well become a reality, as Spanish outlet Sport claim that the club have ramped up their attempts to sign Depay in January.

Depay joined United from PSV Eindhoven in 2015 but left after 53 appearances and seven goals.

The Barcelona forward’s contract expires next summer…

MEN’s senior football writer Tyrone Marshall will be answering your questions today following an extraordinary series of events at Old Trafford.

Be sure to get your burning questions in about all things United and follow along as Ronaldo’s departure, the Glazers putting the club up for sale and so much more will be discussed.

The Portugal international has been speaking to the press in Qatar, and unsurprisingly he was asked about last night’s news…

The MUST have released a statement following the news that the Glazers have put the club up for sale.

According to the Mirror, Ronaldo has been fined £50,000 and handed a two-game suspension by the FA for knocking a fan’s mobile phone to the ground.

The 37-year-old was charged with ‘improper and/or violent’ conduct by the FA following the incident at Everton last April, as he now looks set to find out the full extent of his punishment later today.

Should the Portugal international join a Premier League rival after his exit from Old Trafford, he would be absent for their first two matches.

After his interview with Piers Morgan, there wasn’t really much doubt about whether or not Ronaldo still had a career at the club.

It seemed virtually impossible for the five-time Ballon d’Or winner to return, even if he wanted to, after the scathing comments and criticism he made about almost all things United.

Ten Hag and Ronaldo never saw eye-to-eye, and the pair wanted to wash their hands of one another, but it wasn’t quite as simple as that.

After spending £225million in the summer transfer window, Ten Hag had been warned against a repetition in the January market.

However, this was before Ronaldo sat down for his sensational interview with Piers Morgan, ultimately leading to last night’s news, as the club parted ways with the 37-year-old.

Following on from this, United are now set to act this January.

The British billionaire, although yet to comment on last night’s news, has been interested in buying his boyhood club for a while now – with the last few months undoubtedly ramping up pressure on the Glazers to sell United.

Sir Jim has now gone one step closer to getting his wish, although there is of course plenty of work still to be done.

The club announced that the Raine Group will be their exclusive financial advisor for the sale, something that may not have sat all too well with Ratcliffe.

United could set a world record price for a sports franchise once they are sold.

Football Insider claims the Glazers are seeking buyers prepared to pay up to “£8 billion” for the club.

They add that United are confident of agreeing a world-record deal for a sports club or franchise as a result of United’s digital potential and one billion supporters globally, as well as its tradition and history.

No, you’re not dreaming. Manchester United really are up for sale. After 17 years of Glazer ownership, the most famous club in world football is on the market again and will listen to offers of fresh investment after years of mediocracy and failure.

The cautious word is that it could still just be a partial sale, a slight relinquishment of power in order to finance the long-overdue renovations needed for infrastructure at both Old Trafford and the training ground.

That hasn’t stopped United fans from dreaming of a proper power shift, though, and it certainly makes a lot of sense for the Glazer family to cash in now and make a huge profit from their leveraged buyout of the club that should never have been allowed in the first place.

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