Barcelona manager Xavi explains why Qatar takeover would be good for Manchester United

February 22, 2023

Barcelona manager Xavi thinks a Qatari-led takeover of Manchester United would be a ‘good option’ for the club.

Sheikh Jassim bin Hamad Al Thani, the chairman of one of Qatar’s biggest banks, confirmed last week that he’d submitted a United takeover bid, which would be ‘debt free’ and prioritise ‘returning the club to its former glories’.

That takeover bid has been subject to intense scrutiny due to same-sex marriage being illegal in Qatar, whilst concerns remain about the record on worker’s rights, which were highlighted around their hosting of the 2022 World Cup.

After retiring from football, Xavi’s first job in management was with Al Sadd in Qatar, the club which he finished his playing career with, and he was asked on Wednesday night for his verdict on a potential Qatari-le takeover at Old Trafford.

Xavi claimed that a Qatri-led takeover would be a ‘good option’ for United, despite the controversy around the bid.

“I have a good relationship with the Sheikh. He is a serious, responsible person and I think he would do a good job,” Xavi said. “I know him well. He’s a very good person and I think he would be a very good option for United. I worked in Qatar for six years.”

Sir Jim Ratcliffe also submitted a bid for United on the soft deadline of February 17 and the process is now moving forward.

The Glazers announced in November they were ‘exporting strategic alternatives’ for United, which could include selling it.

Xavi’s Barcelona face Manchester United in the Europa League playoff on Thursday night with the tie delicately poised following a 2-2 draw in the first leg at the Nou Camp.