Sheikh Jassim’s father sceptical over potential Manchester United investment

Sheikh Jassim bin Hamad Al Thani’s father, Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim bin Jaber Al Thani, has claimed that any takeover of Manchester United would be seen as an investment rather than a means to advertise Qatar.

It’s early days for any potential takeover but Sheikh Jassim has promised to fund improvements to the club, including financing improvements to Old Trafford and Carrington.

The latest comes from an interview that was conducted by Bloomberg with Sheikh Jassim’s father, Sheikh Hamad, the former Qatari prime minister.

It would be fair to say he is special about the opportunity to invest in Manchester United.

He said (via Manchester Evening News): “I am not a football fan. I don’t like this investment. Maybe it will work well. But you know, some of my sons like this, they always discuss it with me.

“They’re pushing hard. This isn’t my specialty. Let me put it like this: I am an investor. If it will one day be a good investment, I will think about it. I will not look at it as something you do just as an advertisement.”

You can understand why one would be sceptical. Spending a whopping £6bn on a football club is probably not the best investment one could make.

It certainly feels like the Glazers are putting out all the stops to get the biggest offer possible.

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