GARY NEVILLE says fans fear the Glazer family will try to retain a significant stake in Manchester United instead of selling up and walking away.

The Red Devils legend’s concerns follow SunSport’s revelation that United’s US owners are demanding a staggering £6billion  to gain control of Old Trafford.

Gary Neville believes the Glazer family will want to keep significant shares at Old Trafford


Gary Neville believes the Glazer family will want to keep significant shares at Old TraffordCredit: EPA
The Glazers are demanding £6bn to sell up


The Glazers are demanding £6bn to sell upCredit: AFP

Neville said: “What scares fans most is the feeling this ownership are running this process to drive a massive price up to establish a level which means two of them can stay in and the rest of the family that want out can be bought out by an American fund.”

The former United captain reckons the fund “wouldn’t mind owning a minority or significant share but not the entirety”.

He added: “The whole emphasis from Man United fans is this has to be the end of the Glazer ownership. They’ve run out of money, they’ve not invested in the stadium.

“The fans want a new stadium — whether that’s Old Trafford refurbished or a new one rebuilt.

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“The sporting project they’ve failed on in the last ten years since Sir Alex Ferguson left.

“It’s doing quite well at the moment, third in the league, but it’s not where Man United want to be.”

Neville revealed on his podcast that a majority of fans he had polled preferred the Qatari bid rather than rival offers from Sir Jim Ratcliffe or a US investment firm.

This was despite condemnation from many quarters of Qatar’s record on human, workers’ and LGBTQ+ rights.


But seeing Manchester City and then Newcastle prosper under Middle Eastern state ownership trumped those concerns, Neville concluded.

He said: “They want a debt-free club. They’ve become harmed mentally by debt over these last few years.

“There’s a feeling they want an ownership that can compete with the Middle East estates we have in this league.

“We have already got two state-funded clubs in Newcastle and Man City.

“They’ve been allowed to come in already, so I find it difficult to say Man United shouldn’t have a Qatari ownership.

“The horse has bolted in that respect.”

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