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Alan Shearer: Manchester United will continue to struggle on the pitch until takeover clarity happens

Manchester United suffered their third Premier League defeat of the season against Brighton & Hove Albion on Saturday, and Alan Shearer does not see their struggles ending anytime soon.

Gary Neville took to social media platform X to call out the Glazers after the match, claiming they are responsible for the recent results.

It is a sentiment Shearer shares, and the Premier League legend believes the uncertainty surrounding the takeover will continue to affect the team’s performances negatively.

“I’m not saying it’s all their fault,” he said on The Rest Is Football podcast about the Man United owners.

“Because it shouldn’t really affect what goes on on the pitch, but at whatever level you’re at, whatever happens at the very top of an organisation always drip-feeds itself down on to the shop floor.

“This is what is happening at Manchester United and it will continue to happen until the very top [the Glazer family] sort themselves out.

“Whether that’s selling the club or whatever it is. Is it for sale? Is it not for sale? Until that gets sorted out, I think they will suffer and continue to suffer.”

To an extent, the uncertainty surrounding the takeover is not doing manager Erik ten Hag and the players any favours but the Dutchman has spent over £400 million since his arrival and should not be struggling against Brighton.

Brighton’s entire starting XI cost around £17m. They were without Julio Enciso, Solly March and Pervis Estupinan, while Evan Ferguson started the game on the bench.

In the 2022 summer transfer window, Man United signed Tyrell Malacia, Lisandro Martinez, Christian Eriksen, Antony, Casemiro and Martin Dubravka for fees that totalled £229m, while £182m was spent on Andre Onana, Rasmus Hojlund and Mason Mount this summer.

It is certainly not too much to think that Ten Hag should be doing a lot more with what he has at his disposal after 16 months in charge.

New owners will make more cash available, but splashing the cash is never enough to get the job done, as Chelsea have shown, and the Dutchman needs to start delivering once again.

The Glazers do not appear willing to sell Man United anytime soon, and the manager and the players must find a way to start winning again.