The Manchester United Supporters’ Trust have demanded that any new owner of the club must pledge to support manager Erik ten Hag.
Former owners of AC Milan, Elliott Investment Management – an American hedge fund – are also said to have been interested.
Many United fans, who have been pushing for a change of ownership for so many years, are understandably anxious to find the right owner.
The Manchester United Supporters’ Trust are at the forefront of the anti-glazer movement and have insisted in a recent statement that any potential new owner must support manager Erik ten Hag.
“Early on in the sales process, MUST was very clear about our list of questions for any new Manchester United owner,” the statement said.
“These consisted of bringing the club back to the top of European football, investing in the teams, the club as a whole and the stadium, ensuring financial stability and working in true partnership with the fans at all times. To date, these principles have been supported by 150 fan groups from all over the world.
“Each offer will be judged against these criteria, but with news of the specific offers coming under further consideration, questions are being raised about sporting integrity given the exceptionally close ties between some bidders and the owners of other European clubs, including PSG and Nice. The question also arises as to whether any bids will also be based on high levels of debt.
“We also recognize the importance of each owner respecting the rights of all people, especially women and the LGBTQ+ community. Concerns have been raised by other fan groups, which we fully support.
“We urge all bidders to open a dialogue with supporter groups alongside the application process with the club to discuss their proposals including the above.
“Finally everyone can see the progress Erik ten Hag’s team is making. After the frustrations of the past decade, it is clear that tremendous progress is being made. Any potential bidder must expressly pledge their support to Erik and his recovery plans for United for Glory.”
Ten Hag has done an admirable job this season in turning United’s fortunes and building a side on course for Champions League qualification from the rubble left by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Ralf Rangnick.
The Dutch manager will deliver United’s first silver since 2017 should his side beat Newcastle in next Sunday’s Carabao Cup final.