United legend Gary Neville tells Apollo they will not be welcome in Manchester

BREAKING NEWS: Gary Neville warns Apollo ‘they won’t be welcome in Manchester’, tells Glazers it’s ‘totally unacceptable’ to split United and claims ‘American money is a bigger danger than ANYONE else’ to English football

  • Gary Neville spoke early Friday on Twitter about Man United’s ownership saga
  • The Old Trafford hero has been a fierce long-term critic of the Glazer family
  • Neville controversially said that American money is the biggest danger to English football

Gary Neville has hit out at news that the Glazer family are considering selling a stake in Manchester United to US investment fund Apollo.

Taking to Twitter early on Friday, Old Trafford hero Neville wrote: “If the reports are true that the Glazer family are ready to do a partial sale before a full sale, it is totally unacceptable that this is to an American investment fund.

“Apollo has been mentioned but they need to know they will not be welcome in Manchester.”

He continued: “The American model of sports ownership is about significant return on investment (at any cost, i.e. Super League and Big Picture).

“The ownership model in England needs to change, and American money is a greater danger to that than any other international money. We need a regulator ASAP!’

Gary Neville has told American investment firm Apollo that they will not be welcome in Manchester

Sportsmail revealed this week that New York-based private equity group Apollo was in discussions with the Glazer family about taking a minority stake in United.

Talks between the Glazers and the American firm are focused on how much money the family will get for their shares, with no immediate plans for new money to be pumped into the club.

The news will come as a blow to long-suffering fans hoping new investors can inject much-needed funds to revamp Old Trafford and the Carrington training ground, or provide a major transfer window.

Neville’s comments that American money is the biggest danger to English football seem controversial. Newcastle was taken over last year by a Saudi-led consortium following criticism from organizations such as Amnesty International over sports laundering and the nation’s human rights record,

Other American owners have meanwhile delivered success at English sides – for example at United’s bitter rivals Liverpool.

John Henry and the Fenway Sports Group, Liverpool’s owners, have not always made popular decisions at Anfield and have at times been forced into U-turns by angry fans. But manager Jurgen Klopp speaks glowingly of them and in the end they have renovated Anfield and overseen Champions League and Premier League triumphs.

Furthermore, Los Angeles Dodgers owner Todd Boehly recently bought Chelsea after predecessor Roman Abramovich had his assets frozen due to his ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin.

The negotiations with Apollo are centered on how much four Glazer family members – Kevin, Bryan, Darcie and Edward Glazer – are willing to accept for their shares.

They want out, unlike their brothers Joel and Avram Glazer, who have no intention of relinquishing overall ownership or day-to-day control of United.

The six siblings own an equal number of shares in United, and it is crucial that they control 97 percent of the voting share between them. Some shares are also traded on the New York Stock Exchange, but they have highly diluted voting rights.

Manchester United fans are increasing pressure on the Glazer family to sell the club

Manchester United fans are increasing pressure on the Glazer family to sell the club

There is new momentum for anti-Glazer protests which will take place before United face Liverpool

There is new momentum for anti-Glazer protests which will take place before United face Liverpool

British billionaire Sir Jim Ratcliffe has also expressed his interest in bringing about a takeover, raising hopes among United supporters that the club’s scorned American owners may finally decide to sell.

It has given new impetus to anti-Glazer protests which will take place ahead of Monday’s game against Liverpool amid tight security around Old Trafford. The same settlement was postponed last year after furious demonstrations.

On Thursday, a fans’ group dedicated to targeting United’s sponsors and damaging Glazer’s revenue streams wrote to the Apollo threatening to tarnish the company’s reputation if it did not walk away from the talks.

United’s problems off the pitch have been compounded by losing the first two games of the Premier League season under new manager Erik ten Hag.

A 2-1 defeat by Brighton was followed by a 4-0 drubbing of Brentford to leave United last in the Premier League table.

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