Back to our glory days’ – Manchester United fans react to takeover bid from Qatar

February 17, 2023

Qatari banker Sheikh Jassim Bin Hamad Al Thani has made an indicative takeover bid for Manchester United…

Large swathes of online Manchester United fans are delighted with the news that Qatari banker Sheikh Jassim bin Hamad Al Thani has made a takeover bid for their club – but not all fans are on board.

Al Thani confirmed in a statement on Friday evening that he had submitted an offer to take over 100 per cent ownership of the club. The statement added: “The bid plans to return the Club to its former glories both on and off the pitch, and — above all — will seek to place the fans at the heart of Manchester United Football Club once more.

“The bid will be completely debt free via Sheikh Jassim’s Nine Two Foundation, which will look to invest in the football teams, the training centre, the stadium and wider infrastructure, the fan experience and the communities the Club supports.

The vision of the bid is for Manchester United Football Club to be renowned for footballing excellence, and regarded as the greatest football club in the world. More details of the bid will be released, when appropriate, if and when the bid process develops.”

MEN Sport understands that current bids are only indicative and the next stage will see potential purchasers able to view the relevant financial information. Activist groups have called on Uefa to halt any takeover from Qatari investors over human rights concerns in the country.