Manchester United could be considering the purchase of Australian League champions Melbourne Victory, according to local Australian radio station 3AW.
Apparently spurred on by the successful purchase of Melbourne’s other A-League side, Melbourne Heart (now Melbourne City) by their local rivals Manchester City, the Glazer family might be ready to spread hostilities across the globe with the acquisition of the current title holders.
Any genuine interest may be complicated by a pre-existing relationship Victory have with United’s other great traditional rivals Liverpool but 3AW reporter Sam McClure believes that a move for the club is a real possibility:
“Having witnessed the success of Manchester City’s purchase of Melbourne (Heart), they (United) are seriously considering following in the footsteps of their noisy neighbours, as they’re called, and buying the Victory,” he said.
“While the Victory are open to a proposal, there is a view a sale may be more suited to Liverpool given an already existing relationship.
“There are rumblings out of Manchester, over the last couple of days, that they’ve seen what City has done with Melbourne Heart and would like to put their hat in the ring for something similar.”
“All I’m saying, is that in five years’ time the Melbourne derby could be City v United.”
If the report has substance and the United hierarchy are really considering a global franchise model, it is a distinct possibility that they could also one day follow their noisy neighbours into the United States where they already have extensive knowledge of the sporting market.
All of which may mean that Manchester’s once very local derby’s may one day be a truly international affair.