After nearly 20 years of ownership, the Glazer family are finally warming to the idea of selling their stake in the club as endless protests from supporters seem to have made the difference.
Manchester United announced last year that the owners were open to a minority or full sale of the club and since then, some of the wealthiest people are said to be interested in acquiring the club.
Earlier this week, it was reported that up to five serious bidders were in the running to buy the club, with a sale potentially planned to be completed by the end of the season.
Qatar are said to be holding an interest in United but their involvement with Paris Saint-Germain, which is owned by Qatar Sport Investments, could be a conflict of interest and a potential breach of UEFA regulations.
Now, there are suggestions that the Emir of Qatar, Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, is keen on owning both PSG and United.
That’s according to French outlet RMC, who say that the Emir’s ambition is to own both clubs but have them owned by separate entities.
As per the report, UEFA regulations do not permit clubs with the same owners to take part in their competitions and that means that QSI cannot also own United.
It’s claimed that Qatar now want QIA, Qatar Investment Authority, to become the owners of United but the club would still be under the control of the Emir.
At the time of writing, we still don’t know for certain whether the Glazer family are going to part ways with the entirety of their 69% stake in the club but if they are, it does look like Qatar are best placed to claim a majority stake.
Sir Jim Ratcliffe has credit in the bank due to his affiliation with the club as a supporter it remains to be seen if that has any bearing on proceedings at all.