Saudi Arabian journalist Moaid Mahjoub has claimed Manchester United have been purchased by an unnamed ‘Saudi Arabian’ investor.

Majoub claims the deal was agreed yesterday and posted on his LinkedIn page to ponder when the club wold make the announcement official.

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Majoub works in public relations and has a verified account – for what that is worth – on Twitter.

Here is what he posted –

If true – and the news should be taken with a large pinch of salt – it is sure to provoke an outpouring of criticism due to human rights issues and the political controversy surrounding the Middle East.

Manchester City were bought out some years ago but have largely avoiding such criticism; there would be no hiding place for football’s biggest club.

Such headlines would cause conflict with United supporters who have seen the success which has been bought across the city, with little repercussion; the suffering United fans may welcome an unlimited expenditure, and certainly have the revenue to justify transfer spends greater than City’s without the debt leveraged on the club by the current owners, the Glazer family.

The Glazer family took over in 2005 after an equally controversial period where they bought up shares. Since then, the club have been plunged into debt, and only their status as the most marketable sporting brand in the country has saved them from ruin.

Treat the news with caution and apprehension; whilst we are not fans of the idea of the takeover due to the above reasons, we will refrain from making a full and proper comment until it emerges whether this is just speculation.

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    Avatar Mike Terry says:

    The problem is that only a tiny handful of investors can afford to buy Manchester United. The Glazer’s have proved to be poor owners using the club as a cash cow and only interested in whatever money they can extract from the operation. Therefore the potential Saudi investment is surely to be welcomed. If the Saudis take over then United fans will just be hoping that they take a back seat while allowing the club to spend it’s own revenue on the team, stadium and training facilities without having to have the albatross of debt around its neck put there by the insidious Glazer family.


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    Avatar Jonathan Bianco says:

    I have made that point to members of our local Utd without Quarters fan group. Many cannot see the connection and play down mixing sports with politics. As far as I am concerned if Utd become part of the Saudi Royal families estate, whilst I will probably still watch the games I will do so in silence as support g them in public will be serving the purpose of such a move by the Saudis.


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    Avatar Paul says:

    I hope not, oil money is not clean money, it causes wars, is environmentally damaging, is a massive contributory factor in cases of cancer and brings out the worst aspects of human nature including greed, the control of nations, and even murder. Don’t sink to that level, United is better than that!


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    Avatar David L says:

    These parasites who spread fake news want to be jailed what utd need is sir Alex as director of football helping ole bring in players who can win games and can
    Help the young players come up to standard.
    It’s a Croc of shite it doesn’t matter who owns the club if the right investment is not made into the right players united will find themselves in the championship in 2020

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