LGBTQ+ activist concerned by potential Qatari takeover of Man Utd
The British government have reached out to the Glazers and suggested they’d prefer Sir Jim Ratcliffe to be the next owner of Manchester United instead of Sheikh Jassim, according to reports. Both men are still involved in a fight to secure power at Old Trafford. But, six months after it was first revealed the Red Devils could be set for a change of ownership, the situation remains ‘cloudy’.
El Pais say the British government have informed the Glazers their preference would be for Ratcliffe to become the next owner of United.
But the Americans have apparently responded by insisting they’ll sell only to the highest bidder, if at all.
They’re open to doing business with Sheikh Jassim, who has made four offers for the club so far – with his latest coming on Tuesday.
Yet the situation is described as ‘cloudy’, with the Qatari billionaire open to buying West Ham if his pursuit of United fails to pay off.
Sheikh Jassim and his camp also believe the Glazers are planting stories about Ratcliffe being the frontrunner in order to drive up the price.
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They feel the family are being ‘tacky’ during the process, with a source saying the Qataris are ‘very proud’.
It’s also claimed that if they suspect their offer will be rejected, they’re ready to abandon negotiations for good.
The British government apparently harbour concerns about Qatari not being a state that is an ‘example of progressiveness’.
Yet the Glazers are ‘unfazed’, with countries such as Abu Dhabi and Saudi Arabia currently owning rivals such as Manchester City and Newcastle.
What ultimately happens remains to be seen.
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But United remain in a state of flux as the end of the season approaches, with Erik ten Hag, players and supporters all seeking clarity on the situation.
The Red Devils are continuing to do their part on the pitch despite takeover talk rumbling on behind the scenes.
They’re now all but certain to be playing Champions League football next season following their 1-0 win over Bournemouth on Saturday.
Casemiro scored the only goal of the game at the Vitality Stadium to give his team all three points.
And Ten Hag praised his side after the game, saying: “The only criticism is we didn’t kill off the game.
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“We had to produce that second goal but that’s the way this team are. It is not easy scoring goals.
“It was a great goal from Casemiro. We pinned them back, didn’t let them breathe in the first 25 minutes.
“David de Gea made a mistake a few weeks ago but everyone can make mistakes.
“We defend with 11, that’s why we have so many clean sheets. David made some great saves.”
He continued: “Bournemouth were already safe and a good opponent but we started well and created a lot of chances, I am really happy with the performance.
“It was a fantastic goal from Casemiro, a brilliant finish. I was nervous at 1-0 because you can easily make a mistake and concede a goal. We had to win the game.
“We are nearly there – in the top four – but we are not there. We need a win.”
United are next in action against Chelsea on Thursday (8pm).
The Red Devils drew 1-1 with the Blues earlier in the season, with Casemiro cancelling out an opener from Jorginho.
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