Father of Qatari Manchester United bidder Sheikh Jassim admits he ‘doesn’t like’ £4.5bn takeover offer

March 3, 2023

The father of Sheikh Jassim, who has submitted a £4.5bn indicative offer for Manchester, admits he ‘doesn’t like’ his son’s proposed takeover of the Red Devils.

The Qatari investor is the main rival to Sir Jim Ratcliffe to take control of the club from the Glazer family.

Jassim, who claims to be a Manchester United fan from the age of 10, was reportedly keen to attend Wembley last Sunday for the Carabao Cup final victory against Newcastle United.

Despite reassurances that the bid is privately funded, many have accused Jassim of acting on behalf of the Qatari state.

But Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim Bin Jaber Al Thani has suggested the bid is far from an ‘advertisement’ for Qatar and that he feels buying the club could be a poor investment.

Sheikh Jassim’s move for United follows what Qatar have deemed a very successful World Cup.

Sheikh Hamad admits he was against bidding for the 2022 World Cup but realises now it was successful for the country.

‘I thought that’s a lot of money and effort that will be spent. We could spend it on something else that’s good for the people and the country,’ he admitted.
‘But if you ask me now, I will tell you there was a lot of positive outcomes. And the positive outcome was not only putting Qatar on the map.

‘Look at the people who visited. I knew many from the business community, from all over the world. They came, some of them for the first time. They brought their families.’