Manchester United were put up for sale last autumn, with the Glazer family owners reportedly seeking £5billion in exchange for the 13-time Premier League champions

Manchester United were put up for sale last autumn, with the Glazer family owners reportedly seeking £5billion in exchange for the 13-time Premier League champions. Sheikh Jassim Bin Hamid Al Thani and Sir Jim Ratcliffe appear to be the frontrunners to buy the club after submitting offers earlier this month. And they are now said to be looking for clarity about the next stage of the sale.

On Monday, the United share price declined by 9.61 per cent to close the day at £17.13 ($20.62). The shares had flown all the way up to £22.70 ($27.32) after Sheikh Jassim and Ratcliffe had put their offers forward on the day of the soft deadline. But they have since retracted by almost 25 per cent amid concerns a sale of the club won’t happen.

United have enjoyed a precipitous upturn in fortunes under Erik ten Hag this season and won their first trophy of the campaign on Sunday when they defeated Newcastle 2-0 in the Carabao Cup final. The Red Devils had seen off Barcelona in the second leg of the Europa League play-offs just days earlier and are now the favourites to win Europe’s second-tier club competition.

Ten Hag’s side have also climbed to third in the Premier League table and have an outside chance of winning the title for the first time since 2013. And with an FA Cup fifth round showdown with West Ham to look forward to on Wednesday night, the mood at Old Trafford is certainly bright.

Following Brighton’s progression to the FA Cup quarter-finals with their 2-0 win over Stoke City on Tuesday, their fixture with Manchester United has been rescheduled.

The game against Roberto De Zerbi’s outfit was due to take place on March 19, however, the cup quarter-finals will be played on that weekend instead.

The fixture can now take place on the first midweek of May, or the midweek beginning May 22 with an announcement expected within a few weeks.

Manchester United’s current owners reportedly “misread” the current market following Chelsea’s recent sale to Todd Boehly and co.

The Blues saw significant interest as Roman Abramovich was forced to sell the club, as the Glazer family will have watched on with interest as there was a huge bidding war that involved Jim Ratcliffe.

Sky Sports say that the situation regarding Premier League clubs’ owners was misread, also indicated by Liverpool’s John W Henry making a recent U-turn and stating that the Reds are not for sale.

Manchester United target Jeremie Frimpong is reportedly open to leaving Bayer Leverkusen in the summer, though whether the Red Devils will have new owners by the transfer window remains to be seen.

Sky Sports Germany claim that the Netherlands right-back is on United’s shortlist, but there have not been any concrete talks over a move.

Erik ten Hag will be hoping that funds are made available for summer business and that there is clarity over a potential sale of the club by then.

Manchester United fans will be frustrated to hear that any proposed takeover could drag on until the end of the season, as Joel and Avram Glazer are reportedly not satisfied with the offers from Sheikh Jassim and Jim Ratcliffe.

Neither public bid was thought to have exceeded £4.5billion, significantly lower than the £6bn valuation that the co-chairman place on the club.

The news prompts doubt over whether the Glazer family will indeed leave Old Trafford, as previously expected.

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Manchester United’s latest new signing Gabriele Biancheri has spoken out after completing his transfer to Old Trafford from Cardiff City.

The 16-year-old joins the Red Devils as a scholar with the potential to ink a professional contract at the club in September, when he turns 17.

After the move was finalised, the Welsh striker took to Instagram to share his feelings on the transfer.

Manchester United’s potential takeover by either Sheikh Jassim or Jim Ratcliffe is reportedly set to be delayed past the end of next month.

The Guardian claim that as offers from the two public bidders are below the Glazers’ valuation of £6billion, a deal to be concluded next month is unlikely.

A potential takeover for the end of the season has more of a chance, though doubts remain regarding whether Joel and Avram Glazer wish to depart Old Trafford.

Manchester United have been fined £55,000 by the Football Association following a mass brawl during their win over Crystal Palace at Old Trafford earlier this month.

Goals from Bruno Fernandes and Marcus Rashford sealed the victory but it was marred by an incident that saw Casemiro sent off and banned for three games.

An FA statement read: “Manchester United and Crystal Palace respectively accepted and denied that they had failed to ensure players conducted themselves in an orderly fashion and refrained from provocative behaviour.

“An independent regulatory commission subsequently found the charge against Crystal Palace proven and imposed both of the clubs’ fines.”

Public bidders to become the new owners of Manchester United, Sheikh Jassim and Jim Ratcliffe, are reportedly set to hear back from The Raine Group regarding their opening offers.

Following a soft deadline set by the Glazers, Jassim and Ratcliffe made bids that were reportedly below the £6billion valuation.

However, Sky Sports claim that the two groups are expecting a response over their bids this week.

The Glazers’ stance on remaining in charge of Manchester United could be affected by the offers from Qatar’s Sheikh Jassim and Jim Ratliffe reportedly being below the club’s valuation.

Sky Sports have claimed that the Glazer family are split over whether to leave Old Trafford, as co-chairmen Avram and Joel Glazer are underwhelmed by the two public offers being below their £6billion valuation.

Offers from both parties would need to be increased in order to currently tempt the Glazers into a sale.

Jim Ratcliffe is reportedly also “determined” to purchase Manchester United, as his stance alongside the Qatar bidders remains unchanged.

Sky Sports claim that the INEOS CEO wants to run United “in the right way” and remains totally committed to his bid, though the Glazer family may be reluctant to sell.

Sheikh Jassim from Qatar is reportedly “determined” to buy Manchester United as Sky Sports claim that a “very good debt-free offer” has been made to the Glazers.

Avram Glazer was at Wembley for the 2-0 Carabao Cup final win over Newcastle where fans made their view clear on the current ownership group.

The report claims that Jassim wanted to be at the final himself, but felt that it was not appropriate under the circumstances surrounding a potential takeover.

Manchester United shares were down 1.83 per cent shortly after the New York Stock Exchange opened on Tuesday. The shares were trading at £16.87 ($20.48) just after 3pm after dropping by almost 10 per cent on Monday.

Genevra Associates have pledged to reform Manchester United after putting forward an offer to buy a minority stake in the club.

“We understand that United fans have been rightfully frustrated over the last several years,” said the investment company’s founding partner Shah Farsi. “Our aim is to act as the force of reformation that harmonizes the interests of the owners and the fans and push for some much-needed transformation at the club. We have received a number of solid commitments over the recent weeks and we hope to transform that into a unique win-win opportunity for all those involved.”

Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag is hoping to beat Chelsea to the signings of two high-profile targets before the start of next season, according to the Manchester Evening News. The Red Devils are already thought to be planning ahead for the summer transfer window by assessing their options in the market, which is likely to be their first under the guidance of new owners amid the ongoing takeover process at Old Trafford.

The Dutchman is targeting Victor Osimhen and Jude Bellingham, while he also has his eye on Harry Kane, Mohammed Kudus and Goncalo Ramos. And he may also once again attempt to land Frenkie de Jong from Barcelona.

Manchester United’s owners the Glazers have received a new offer from Genevra Associates with the consortium looking to buy a minority stake in the club. The development comes as a blow to both Sir Jim Ratcliffe and Qatari banker Sheikh Jassim bin Hamad Al Thani who until this point had been the only parties to have publicly registered their interest.

The group’s offer would allow the Glazers to maintain overall control of the club and they are keen to work with the current owners on their bid if certain conditions are met.

Manchester United have received offers of minority investment which Avram and his brother Joel could use to pay off the other four members of the Glazer family, according to the Daily Mail. They would even have enough money left over to develop Old Trafford and the club’s training ground.

The Glazer family currently value United at £6billion. And although that figure has been touted as unrealistic in some circles, a period of negotiation with the bidders is set to follow.

Manchester United could be bought by Sheikh Jassim Bin Hamid Al Thani after the Glazer family put the club on the market. But the Qatari has reportedly ruled out two scenarios as he attempts to complete a full takeover of the Red Devils.

According to CBS Sports, Sheikh Jassim’s bid is all-or-nothing. He is not interested in buying a minority share of United – and he has also ruled out buying a minority stake even if it comes with a view of eventually becoming the club’s majority owner.

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has taken a swipe at Manchester United amid their mega-spending under the Glazers. United have won one trophy over the last six years despite spending £850million, with City winning nine over the same period while spending £25m less.

“It’s normal – they’re in the position they normally should be,” Guardiola explained after United had defeated Newcastle in the Carabao Cup. “When I landed here I thought United would always be there, for the history, for everything, and Erik [ten Hag] is doing an incredible job. And the players – you see how committed they are, how all together they try to do it. When you have been five or six years without winning one title.”

Manchester United’s share price declined by 9.61 per cent on Monday to close the day at £17.13 ($20.62). The shares had flown all the way up to £22.70 ($27.32) on February 17 after Sheikh Jassim Bin Hamid Al Thani and Sir Jim Ratcliffe had put forward their offers. But they have since retracted by almost 25 per cent amid growing concerns the Glazer family won’t sell up. concerns a sale of the club won’t happen.

And according to the Financial Times, the Red Devils are only worth £1.3billion.

Manchester United’s bidders are hoping for clarity this week over the next stage of the takeover process amid the prospect of being told their offers aren’t high enough to buy the club, according to The Telegraph.

Sheikh Jassim Bin Hamid Al Thani and Sir Jim Ratcliffe appear to be the frontrunners to take United over after both offering around £4.5billion on the day of the soft deadline. But as things stand they would have to raise the stakes to convince the Glazer family to sell.

At long last, Paul Pogba has made his second debut for Juventus more than seven months after his return to Turin was confirmed.

The Frenchman re-joined the Serie A titans last summer, six years after he first left for Manchester United but has been unable to actually don the famous black and white shirt due to a number of injury set-backs that have ensured he has spent the entire season so far on the treatment table rather than the pitch.

However, Pogba was able to get some minutes under his belt on Tuesday night as the Bianconeri ran out 4-2 winners against Torino at the Allianz Stadium. The World Cup winner was introduced in the 69th minute and Juventus took the lead just two minutes later.

Ironically for Pogba as an ex-Red Devil, his return was actually overshadowed by a late goal from a former United target in Adrien Rabiot who added his side’s fourth. The former Paris Saint-Germain man capped off an impressive win 10 minutes from time.

Rabiot was linked with a move to Old Trafford last summer, but United opted to sign Casemiro instead amid fears over Rabiot’s attitude and wage demands.

As for Pogba, the 29-year-old will just be delighted to be back out on the pitch for the first time since April of last year. His last competitive outing came in the form of a 4-0 defeat away at Liverpool while playing for United.

Two weeks after his second spell at Juventus was confirmed, the club were forced to release some bleak news during the pre-season training.

“Following complaining of pain in his right knee, Paul Pogba underwent radiological examinations that revealed a lesion of the lateral meniscus,” Juventus revealed in a statement.

“In the next few hours he will undergo a specialist orthopaedic consultation. Therefore, in order to continue treatment, he is not taking part in the trip to Dallas.”

Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri discussed Pogba’s return ahead of the clash and what he expects from the midfielder moving forward.

“I spoke to him like I do with other players,” the Italian explained. “He has to understand that it’s an important part of the season to get back on track, he has to have all the motivation to do good until the end of the season and give us a hand.”

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