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Man United owners Glazers face fresh anger with protest planned for Ten Hag’s first home game



Manchester United fans will continue their protests against the Glazer family during pre-season, according to reports.

Some Red Devils supporters plan to demonstrate peacefully outside Old Trafford prior to the Premier League club’s friendly against Rayo Vallecano on July 31.

The owners’ decision to take biannual dividend payments on Friday has angered some of the United faithful. The Glazer family are expected to receive around £8million of the near-£11m pay-out.

Supporters have frequently displayed their anger towards the Glazers, who purchased the club in 2005.

Protests have taken place at Old Trafford for much of their stewardship of the 20-times England champions but came to a head following the European Super League proposal in April 2021.

According to the Manchester Evening News, a further demonstration is planned for when United host La Liga side Rayo Vallecano at the end of July, in what will be Erik ten Hag’s first game at Old Trafford.

Some supporters believe the Glazers should have refused the dividend payment following the club’s worst-ever Premier League campaign, in which they squeezed a sixth-placed finish and amassed their lowest points tally of 58.

It is a stance with which former United captain Gary Neville agrees. “The Glazer Family should NOT be taking £11m in dividends this Friday,” Neville tweeted last week. It had also been revealed that the club’s debt had increased to around £500m in their recent financial results.

“It isn’t right with the investment needed in the team, stadium and training ground,” Neville added. “The club’s cash position is low compared to previous years. An announcement is needed to halt it for the next three years minimum.”

Neville also believes that the Glazers should not take any money out of the club until it becomes a more attractive proposition for new signings.

Retweeting a Sky Sports article about midfielder Christian Eriksen choosing between United and Brentford, the ex-right back said: “That’s why dividends have to stop for a period.

“Every penny has to go back into the club until it becomes attractive again. The club has become a graveyard for players. Culturally for owners to take [money] out of a poorly performing business is demoralising!”

Further protesting comes after fans planned to demonstrate outside the house of CEO Richard Arnold, only for the 51-year-old to meet them in a local pub.

Arnold divulged on several key topics, including the possible signing of Barcelona midfielder Frenkie de Jong, the departure of Paul Pogba, and the leaking of information.

New boss Ten Hag is desperate for a busy summer transfer window, especially after former interim head coach Ralf Rangnick warned that at least 10 new players could be required.

The Old Trafford hierarchy are keen to make Dutch ace De Jong the flagship signing of Ten Hag’s first few months in charge.

However, they could end up paying around £70m for the player, who worked under Ten Hag at ex-club Ajax. Barca are keen for United to pay a premium fee and the two clubs remain in talks.


Rio Ferdinand issues major warning about Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag




Former centre-back Rio Ferdinand believes it is still too early to judge whether Erik ten Hag is the right man to lead Manchester United back to the top, despite their unquestionable improvement under him this season.

United head into tomorrow’s Manchester derby against City at Old Trafford with the knowledge that a win will lift them to within a point and place of their neighbours in the Premier League table.

The Reds have lost just one of their last 18 matches since being battered 6-3 by City back in October, featuring a current run of eight wins on the bounce.

The Reds, such is the level of progress they have made under Ten Hag this season, are now considered as one of the favourites to qualify for the Champions League for next season.

They have made significant strides in a relatively short space of time and victories over the likes of Arsenal, Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur already this season have proven that they are capable of competing in the upper echelons of the table again.

However, despite heading into the second half of the campaign with form in their sails, Ferdinand insists the jury is still out on Ten Hag, despite him reaching 20 wins as United manager quick than any of his predecessors.

“I think it’s too early to say,” said Ferdinand to the Mirror. “We’ve been here with previous managers when it looks like we are onto something.

“We’ve got to be patient and give the man time. I think all the signs are very positive at the moment. He’s come in and seen what is happening, assessed how things are, looked at individuals and looked at the shape of the team.

“These were a bunch of players that were quite low. They were shot to pieces and he’s had to build, not only footballers, but men back up again. He’s had to build a lot of human beings back up and that takes time.

“The fact he’s now talking about qualifying for the Champions League so positively, he can sense a confidence coming back into this team. There’s a consistency of performance from the team that wasn’t there before and the signals and signs are all very promising.

“But they’re still not where they want to be. City are way ahead of where United are. The distance is a bit closer, but it’s still not anywhere near where we want it to be. There’s still work to be done.”

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Manchester United takeover bids ‘expected imminently’ with serious interest in Club




Manchester United are expecting takeover offers from across the world as they are set to invite bids ahead of ‘mid-February deadline’.

The Telegraph have reported that the club have received ‘serious interest’ from consortiums based in the Middle East, Asia and the United States.

British billionaire Sir Jim Ratcliffe is also weighing up an offer, as the Glazers hope to the sell one of the biggest clubs in the world for over £5billion.

The report also adds that parties who had been interested in taking over Chelsea, before Todd Boehly’s £4.25bn takeover, are set to return with approaches for the Red Devils.

It’s expected that potential investors will go public with their attempts to buy United in the coming weeks with the clock ‘now ticking on a deal’.

Senior United figures will issue a mid February deadline for formal offers in order to help get get the takeover completed before the end of the season.

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Confirmed: Chelsea ready to make late bid to hijack another Arsenal transfer




Chelsea will make a late attempt to scupper Arsenal’s hopes of finally signing Mikhailo Mudryk from Shakhtar Donetsk.

The Gunners have submitted their third bid for the Ukraine international winger and hope an offer of £62m before add-ons, which take the deal closer to £70m, will be enough to break the deadlock between the two clubs.

Chelsea’s interest in the 21-year-old winger was earlier this week described only as ‘exploratory’ but ESPN now claim that Todd Boehly will test the waters and attempt to throw a spanner in the works for the Premier League leaders.

Shakhtar’s technical director Darijo Srna was pictured at Stamford Bridge last week as he watched Chelsea’s defeat against Manchester City and Boehly would have little issue with meeting an asking price which is closer to £88million.

Arsenal are said to be confident that their latest bid for Mudryk will be enough to finally secure the services of their No.1 January target, but have already been beaten to the punch once this month by their west London rivals.

Chelsea won the race to sign Joao Felix on loan from Atletico Madrid amid competition from Arsenal and Manchester United, but the Portugal international’s promising debut ended in devastating fashion when he was sent off just shy of the hour mark for a dangerous challenge on Fulham’s Kenny Tete.

Felix will now miss the next three games through suspension as the problems mount for Chelsea’s under-fire manager Graham Potter.

‘It sums up where we are at the moment – everything that can go wrong, is going wrong,’ Potter said after Chelsea’s 2-1 west London derby defeat.

‘It was a forward’s tackle from Joao, there was no malice in it but I understand why it was a red. It is another blow the hits keep coming at the moment.

‘He was really good you could see his quality in the game so it is doubly disappointing for us because he was looking dangerous throughout.

‘I don’t think there was too much malice in it and it is an unfortunate action and we are going to lose him now for three games.’

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