It is rare to find a football club in the modern era with a fanbase that have a positive relationship with their owners, and Manchester United are just one of a handful of teams who don’t fall into this camp.
The Glazer family, headed by Malcolm Glazer who Forbes reported in 2015 has an estimated net worth of $4.7 billion (£3.76 billion), have been the majority owners of Manchester United since 2005. Still, despite being one of not only the richest owners in the Premier League but also one of the wealthiest men in America, the Red Devils have rarely benefitted from the ownership.
Since the takeover, the Glazers have invested just £315 million into the club (per Swiss Ramble via Reddit), which since Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement has seen United fall dramatically from the top of English football to a side languishing for European football at best. Indeed, with the side yet to win the Premier League since 2013, fans have been quick to attribute this lack of success to a lack of ambition from the ownership.
Indeed, Manchester United fan channel Flying Pig United has conjured up five reasons as to why supporters are so against the Glazer ownership, which has seen the club not only go into debt based on events of the takeover but has also seen a group of fans form their own football team in protest of the ownership in the form of FC United of Manchester (per Four Four Two).
United head into the 2019/20 season without Champions League football, and many fans will be hoping that a lack of elite continental football will be what makes the Glazers open up their chequebook and invest into the club.
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