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Avram Glazer set to anger Man Utd fans with 'parasitical' FA Cup final decision amid ongoing sale uncertainty

Rory O'Callaghan

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Avram Glazer set to anger Man Utd fans with 'parasitical' FA Cup final decision amid ongoing sale uncertainty

Manchester United co-owner Avram Glazer and his family have been labelled "parasitical" ahead of this weekend's FA Cup final, as the uncertainty surrounding the club continues.

United have been up for sale since November but six months down the line, a deal is yet to be agreed for a potential takeover.

Sheikh Jassim bin Hamad Al Thani and INEOS owner Sir Jim Ratcliffe have submitted several bids but as things stand, neither party has been named as the preferred bidders by banking group Raine, who are handling the sale on behalf of club's owners, the Glazer family.

The protracted sale process threatens to disrupt United's summer transfer plans, with the start of the window now less than two weeks away.


"Plainly obvious the Glazer family aren’t going to announce anything on the ownership until the season is closed," tweeted Neville.


"They've been spinning it out unprofessionally for weeks and months now. They know fan protests would have been more significant than they already have if matches were still being played and the end result of the sale process is unpopular.


"Basically any family members staying in would be deemed unacceptable by all fans. Is this why they're holding off?"

Glazer expected at Wembley

The preferred bidder for the club is now unlikely to be named before United’s final game of the season – the FA Cup final against rivals Manchester City on Saturday.

United co-owner Avram Glazer risks further angering the club's supporters if he attends the match at Wembley and bills the club – as he has done twice before this season.


As reported by The Athletic, Glazer has already charged United £500,000 in order to attend two cup finals at Wembley this season.

He flew in via private jet in February to watch United's Carabao Cup win over Newcastle United and returned in May for the Women's FA Cup final, which saw Chelsea beat United.

The report claims that the Glazers' visits to the World Cup in Qatar over the winter were also put down as a business expense.

BBC journalist Simon Stone claims Glazer is indeed expected to attend the final at Wembley this weekend.


Glazers branded 'parasitical'

Speaking to Football Insider, football finance expert Kieran Maguire branded the Glazer family's ownership of the club "parasitical" - accusing them of having "no style and no substance".

"The Glazer family have always adopted a parasitical approach to football ownership," said Maguire.

"It manifests itself in the fact that Avram Glazer is more than happy to watch Man United play at Wembley for the glamorous matches.


"Yet he shows very little interest in attending matches on a regular basis.

"The Glazers have made so much money from Man United that the £500,000 that has been spent on arranging flights just shows that they are a family of no style and no substance.

"The rates are well in excess of standard market rates."

Featured Image Credit: Alamy

Topics: Manchester United, Football, Premier League, FA Cup

Rory O'Callaghan
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