Premier League season preview: Man Utd
Former Manchester United coach Rene Meulensteen has revealed that he believes it is the right time for the Glazers to part ways with the club. The 59-year-old was Sir Alex Ferguson’s right-hand man during his time in the Old Trafford dugout and also spent time out in Qatar.
Reports have speculated that Sheikh Jassim is in pole position to purchase United this summer, though there is an aura of uncertainty over negotiations – with some supporters fearful that the Glazers could pull the plug on negotiations at any points.
Speaking to Caught Offside, Meulensteen revealed that he hopes the situation will become clear soon, explaining: “I hope there’s going to be clarity for everybody – for the fans and for the club as well – and that the owners come in and have the right vision and ideas to take the team forward for the next few years.
“There’s two ways to it, you need to look at what they (the Glazers) have constructively done in terms of helping the club financially, helping the managers, and I don’t think there’s an issue there. Correct me if I’m wrong, but the Glazers have spent more than £1billion since Sir Alex Ferguson left on all the managers that have took over so the managers have had the support to bring the players in, Erik ten Hag has had that this year as well, but the biggest issue is the lack of communication, the lack of transparency, the lack of emotional attachment. There’s no fan that can associate themselves with the owners.”
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Since the Glazers acquired the club in 2005, questions have been raised of whether the American-based family truly care about the side or have simply cashed in on being able to grow the outfit. Meulensteen continued: “The Glazers made a very clever move back then by buying Man Utd because they knew what sort of brand they could build it into and the money that would be involved. You’ve mentioned over £7bn, but look at what they bought it for so for them, business-wise, it has been a really lucrative deal.”
The ex-midfielder spent a significant amount of his managerial career in Qatar, taking the helm at Al-Ittihad and Al-Sadd for a season respectively. Thus, Meulensteen has been in contact with those in Jassim’s camp hoping to purchase the club.
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He continued: “I know the people in Qatar very well, I have fond memories of my time there, I spent eight years there between 1993 and 2001, and it was absolutely nothing like it is now. These people, they care. They care about football very much so in their own country and they will care when they come into United.
“The key is to making sure that they will have the funding to keep bringing the right people in that can build on the culture and the identity that Manchester United has stood for for so many years.”
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