Man Utd takeover latest with lack of Glazer 'cohesion’ explained as Gary Neville slams owners

There are fresh claims about Manchester United’s takeover process, which perhaps explain why it is taking so long to conclude.
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The Glazers’ lack of cohesion is prolonging Manchester United’s takeover process, according to reports.

It’s approaching two months since the unofficial final deadline was agreed for interested parties to submit final bids for the club, although Sheikh Jassim bin Hamad al-Thani has subsequently made two further offers.

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Sir Jim Ratcliffe is the only other party in the running to buy United, but recent reports claimed it’s the Qatar-backed offer which is in the lead at this late stage. It was reported last week that Sheikh Jassim had all but won the contest, with subsequent reports suggesting the process isn’t quite that advanced at present.

As the saga drags on, the Financial Times claim it’s the Glazers’ slow decision making that is extending the process, with the family ‘deliberate in how they think about things’. 

“Joel takes forever on any decision he makes [and] this is a huge decision,” the outlet add, while the presence of six siblings means coming to a quick decision is often made impossible on big issues.

The FT also state there is ‘clearly not cohesion in the Glazer camp’ on what the next step should be, while Joel is said to still be involved in transfer decisions, a worrying development given the window doesn’t close until September.

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The takeover process is believed to be casting a shadow over United’s recruitment plans this summer and the lack of certainty over who the owner will be in a few weeks means making long-term plans is proving difficult.

Meanwhile, Gary Neville has once again criticised the Glazers and described the manner in which they have handled the situation as ‘embarrassing’.

“But it’s what they have done, drag everything out, it’s always in their best interests,” the ex-defender told BBC Radio 5 Live. “Fans not being updated by owners on the ownership sale is not good enough, but fitting with how they have operated for 20 years now.”

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