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Glazer family considering sale as Cristiano Ronaldo leaves Manchester United

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The Glazer family could potentially be following Cristiano Ronaldo out of Manchester United after opening the door to a sale of the club.Just a couple of hours after their most high-profile asset’s mutually agreed departure following his explosive interview with Piers Morgan came news of far more significance for fans long opposed to the unpopular American owners.After 17 years in charge the Glazers now seem prepared to relinquish control after the club announced it was “exploring strategic alternatives” which do include a sale.United said the board of directors were starting a process “designed to enhance the club’s future growth” with the intention of maximising opportunities on and off the pitch.A club statement read: “As part of this process, the board will consider all strategic alternatives, including new investment into the club, a sale, or other transactions involving the company.“This will include an assessment of several initiatives to strengthen the club, including stadium and infrastructure redevelopment, and expansion of the club’s commercial operations on a global scale, each in the context of enhancing the long-term success of the club’s men’s, women’s and academy teams and bringing benefits to fans and other stakeholders.”The Glazers took over at United with a £790million leveraged buy-out in 2005 but their tenure has faced significant opposition from supporters, which has grown in recent years with the club having not won the Premier League since 2013.If they decide not to sell they could still look for an investment partner to raise capital in order to fund a much-needed redevelopment of Old Trafford.“We will evaluate all options to ensure that we best serve our fans and that Manchester United maximises

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