Manchester United fans want the Glazers out of the club. This was made crystal clear and protests forced the cancellation of a home marquee game against Liverpool over the weekend.

Now that the effectiveness of the protest is clear, others could follow. This lit a fuse amid United fans’ determination to force the glasses to sell.

But could anyone afford to buy them? A high speculative price was imposed on the association.

It could cost £ 4 billion

The Times reports that the club’s purchase could cost buyers £ 4 billion. This is a speculated number but it is explained.

United’s share price is £ 2.1 billion. It is suggested that the glaziers themselves would charge £ 3 billion to maximize their profits.

The report claims banks and lenders insist another billion increase the total to £ 4 billion to cover the club’s debt.

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Limited options

There are very few high net worth individuals or consortia who are able or willing to pay such a price.

And since there is strong resistance to new flows of money like a Super League, there is no quick way for an investor to get the money back.

United needs a buyer to buy the club out of love, and the problem is that with numbers like that, United would likely have to settle for another billionaire mogul, though hopefully one who wouldn’t blame the club.

As Gary Neville pointed out on Sky, the glaziers simply lack the resources to develop the stadium, the training ground and the surrounding area, let alone the team.

The Times reports that banks made 80p for every net pound United spent on the transfer market.

Too much money the club generates is wasted on bank repayments that might otherwise be spent where it is really needed.

Other options are being explored

The difficulty of attracting a £ 4 billion buyer is one of the reasons the Manchester United Supporters Trust (MUST) is trying to take a pragmatic approach to the Glazer problem.

The group wants the government to tackle the problem with a legislative hammer and work out regulations requiring glaziers to sell a stake in the club in order to minimize their scrutiny.

Other suggested options include the appointment of independent directors to the club’s board of directors to act in the best interests of fans, not shareholders.

The group also wants to give fans the option to buy shares in the event that they are put up for sale, either by election or by legislation.

Consultation with season ticket holders will also be sought on club matters, including any changes to competitions in which the club is involved.

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Given the tenacious and tenacious way the glaziers have worked since 2005, it makes sense for the fan group to take this approach.

Forcing the glasses out would be a lot easier with two or three buyers on the horizon. Or even one.

For now, we are waiting to see if the protests will wash out those of potential interest, much like the protest from Arsenal fans led Spotify owner Daniel Ek to take an interest in the Gunners despite having met stiff resistance from the Kroenke’s so far.

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