Michael Knighton has insisted that the Glazers can be persuaded to end their long-term association with Manchester United for the right price.
The 70-year-old businessman was once interested in owning the club in 1989, and is now reaching out to prospective buyers regarding the same.
In a Youtube interview with filmmaker John Gubba, Knighton revealed his plans to get a consortium together in order to restore the club.
He added that the Glazers won’t be happy with the current relationship with the club’s faithful, and believes everything has a price in the end.
He said: “Let’s get a consortium. I have put feelers out, I have been in touch with billionaires who are interested in football, some of them had never thought of owning a football club, but I am pulling on their tail.”
“Lets restore Manchester United to where it should be. Lets sit down, lets really see if we can talk to the Glazers, they can’t be happy with their own position, the view the fans have of them, it is not at all enjoyable and they must want themselves for things to change.
“I’ve nothing against them personally, I just want Manchester United to be in the hands of ownership that really understands Manchester United and what it represents around the world, most of all what it means to Manchester United fans.
“I will play my part. I will keep talking to people, I will keep rallying, but the fans must come together. Lets be civilised, professional, dignified, and commercially proper. That way we will achieve our result, and we will get a new regime change. At the end of the day, everything is for sale.”
United need a new owner more than a manager
United will have a new manager at the helm in Erik ten Hag this summer. The Dutchman has brought optimism among the fans, but Knighton does not feel things will change drastically.
While Knighton was delighted with Ed Woodward leaving the executive vice-chairman post, the Englishman does not believe the club will move forward until there is a new ownership.
He added: “At least the current executive team has been tweaked, Ed Woodward has left, that’s a good start, I would never put investment bankers in charge of a club.
“But until we have new ownership, until we have the right people really forcing this club forward, I am afraid we are just going to have more of the same,
“I know we’ve got a new manager to look forward to next year, Erik ten Hag lets hope he can do what he has done at Ajax and so on. My view is a new regime change, people who really understand football, lets get fans involved.”
Sir Jim Ratcliffe would be ideal for United
When pressed further on potential buyers, Knight highlighted that Sir Jim Ratcliffe could be an ideal fit for the Red Devils. The 69-year-old already owns Nice in the French top-flight.
He further said: “Sir Jim Ratcliffe would be absolutely ideal, and he does have the financial clout, he is a football man, he’s also a brilliant businessman, his motivations would be unquestioned in my view.”
“If we could get the likes of Jim Ratcliffe to buy Manchester United that would be a wonderful solution. He doesn’t need to take money out of any football club.”
United have been owned by the Glazer family since 2005. Over the past few years, there have been persistent fan protests that are justifiable with the lack of success on the pitch.
The club have gone a ninth-straight season without winning the Premier League and a fifth without a trophy. In this period, the Glazers have taken dividends annually, triggering further criticism.
The Red Devils have spent funds, but they are currently in need of a significant spending spree in the transfer market such that they can get back to challenging for silverware.
It may happen this summer under Ten Hag, but there are still other key areas in need of development including the stadium. The club definitely need new owners with bigger ambition.
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