Manchester United fans have brought their battle to oust the Glazers as owners of the club Stateside, adding further pressure as the tycoons dither over selling.
The fans hired a plane to fly a “Glazers Out” banner over the Raymond James Stadium in Florida as the Glazer-owned Tampa Bay Buccaneers played the Philadelphia Eagles in Monday night’s American Football game.
As per The Daily Mail, “The banner was organised by the United Pittsburgh and Tampa supporters groups, who were praised for their efforts on social media.”
🚨 EXCLUSIVE:#MUFC fans from the Pittsburgh & Tampa supporters groups organised a banner to fly above the Raymond James Stadium where the Glazers owned, Tampa Bay Buccaneers played this evening.
— United World (@UnitedWorldFans) September 25, 2023
Showing their presence in the Glazers’ “back yard” is important for United fans, who are more desperate than ever to see the Americans leave the club after 18 years of ownership.
Almost a year ago the family announced its intention to “seek strategic alternatives” for the ownership of the club, which initiated a long and painful bidding process as two main contenders emerged to buy the club.
Qatari prince, Sheikh Jassim bin Hamad al Thani, and INEOS owner Sir Jim Ratcliffe, are still waiting for a decision on who will be the next owner after both submitted bids in the region of £5 million.
It is believed that the Glazers are holding out for more.
The fans have been even more enraged over the club’s handling of the Mason Greenwood situation and the owners’ inability or unwillingness to adequately back Erik ten Hag in the last two transfer windows.
In the winter window, despite the loss of Cristiano Ronaldo, the Glazers would not make funds available and Ten Hag had to resort to loaning Burnley striker Wout Weghorst for the rest of the season.
This summer saw the Red Devils unable to even compete for the signing of top starts such as Declan Rice, snapped up by Arsenal, and Kim Min-Jae and Harry Kane, signed by Bayern Munich.
Unable to pay for the transfer of a centre back to replace the outgoing Phil Jones, Axel Tuanzebe and Eric Bailly, Ten Hag was forced to bring in 35-year-old Jonny Evans on a free transfer.
The Glazers will perhaps need no reminding of fans’ determination for them to step aside but will at least have to endure the humiliation of it being brought to the attention of the millions of Americans watching Monday Night Football.