Manchester United takeover: Paul Scholes sends warning to bidders

The Manchester United takeover has rumbled on for eight months and we’re still none the wiser about who will be the next owners of the football club.

Sheikh Jassim bin Hamad Al-Thani and Sir Jim Ratcliffe are the two frontrunners, whoever, neither party has been given any clarity over which decision the Glazer family will make.

Both bidders claim to be United fans but their range of plans for the club are unknown at this point.

Any thoughts of adulation from fans may have to be put on hold, if United legend Paul Scholes’ comments are anything to go by. He warns that clubs with billionaire owners don’t tend to enjoy a connection between their owners and fans.

Speaking about United’s Europa League semi-final clash with AS Roma in April 2021, Scholes told BT Sport: “I’m not sure there ever will be a connection with these owners. I don’t think that’s just this club I think it’s every club who started with billionaire owners for them to have a toy to make money with.

“This [Manchester United] is a great club as well. The young players this club has, the young local lads coming through academies, it’s a great chance for that connection but as long as there’s billionaire owners from America, from other countries, there’s never ever going to be a connection

“Look at Man City, Arsenal, Tottenham, Liverpool, is there a connection there? I don’t think there is I don’t think there ever will be. I think we have to stop pining for that.”

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