Richard Arnold gives update on Manchester United takeover at fans’ forum

2023 is the year Manchester United fans hope to finally see the end of the Glazers.

The American family have put Manchester United up for sale as we approach their 18th year as owners of the club.

In a new update, Manchester United chief executive Richard Arnold is confident that new investment, which could mean an outright sale, will help fund redevelopment at Old Trafford and Carrington, as well as helping to build a winning team.

“We can’t say a great deal beyond what we announced in our statement — that the club is conducting a strategic review to explore options for attracting new investment into the club, to enhance the club’s future growth opportunities,” Arnold said at a fans’ forum in December, as quoted by The Telegraph.

“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. This will include an assessment of several initiatives to strengthen the club, including stadium and infrastructure redevelopment, and expansion of the club’s commercial operations on a global scale, each in the context of enhancing the long-term success of the club’s men’s, women’s and academy teams, and bringing benefits to fans and other stakeholders.

“When and in what form that investment comes remains uncertain, but I feel confident in saying it will be a positive process for the club because we all understand the capital needs that we have, in terms of redeveloping the stadium and training ground while continuing to build a winning team.”

While these are obvious demands for any potential buyer, I’m not sure I will be getting excited about anything that comes from the mouth of a Glazer puppet. I’d rather ask why Old Trafford and Carrington has been ignored by the Glazers for so long, and why they were never able to build a proper winning team after Sir Alex Ferguson called it a day?

Interestingly (though we should probably take everything they say with a pinch of salt), Arnold says United supporters will be at the heart of any takeover.

“What’s clear is that fans will be integral to the success of Manchester United under any ownership model, and we see this body as an important part of the club’s governance structure irrespective of what happens with the strategic review,” he added.

“Certainly, we will be advising any prospective new investors on the value of the fan engagement processes we have built in recent years, and recommending that they continue to be strengthened.”

Does anyone really believe that the Glazers will consult fans on potential buyers? They’ll jump for the highest bidder. End of story.

On another note, how can Arnold speak on behalf of potential buyers and claim they will do something his bosses had no interest in… by ignoring fans for over 17-years.

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  1. Sorry but I don’t believe a word out of this man’s mouth. He’s a banker who knows like most of those who have controlled United since David Gill retired knows nothing about football and even less about running a business successfully. Under his and Woodward’s leadership United have overspent on players both in fees and wages. The club has been run atrociously and now it’s not making the required money they want to sell. They won’t give a toss who or what the new owners want to do with the club as long as they get their money. Leeches the lot of them

  2. The glazers and the board have stripped utd of its former glory……utd need new owners new investment and a new board asap…….anything less will not be accepted

  3. We’re tired of waiting to see Glazes selling the club, all we want to hear is that they have gone. Please sell and go your taking long.

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