Tampa, Florida. – Almost everyone in the Tampa area knows the name Glazer; The family that owns the Tampa Bay Buccaneers American football team. But not every Bucs fan knows that the Glazers also own one of the most valuable football teams in the world an ocean away from Tampa Bay.
While the world is watching the FIFA World Cup matches, the Glazers are now considering selling Manchester United.
According to a post on the team’s website, the team’s board of directors, including the Glazers, “will consider all strategic alternatives, including new investment in the club, sale, or other transaction involving the company.”
A quote attributed to Avram and Joel Glazer said the board would “ensure that we provide the best service to our fans and that Manchester United maximize the significant growth opportunities available to the club today and in the future”.
George Fleming was attending World Cup matches from MacDinton’s Tavern in Tampa’s SoHo area. He was not surprised when the Glazers bought Manchester United in 2005.
An aerial view of Old Trafford stadium, home of Manchester United Football Club on November 23, 2022 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
“I tell my wife I enjoy football and soccer,” he laughed.
He’s a Bucs fan now, but he grew up in Spain, so he follows soccer closely, including the Premier League.
“You have a top football club. Why don’t you own it?” Glazer wondered.
The Glazers angered some fans when they paid nearly $1 billion for the team in a leveraged deal that left ManU in debt.
Flags run across the end zone after a field goal by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers against the Buffalo Bills on September 18, 2005 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Doug Pink/Getty Images)
Some in Tampa are wondering if selling the team could have an effect on the Bo family. The Glazers have long operated the two franchises separately and the Buccaneers have not commented on the potential sale.
Fleming believes there will be many potential buyers.
Cristiano Ronaldo’s face appears on a huge banner at the front of the stadium by United Trinity statues of Bobby Charlton, Denis Law and George Best the day before Manchester United’s return against Newcastle at Old Trafford in September.
“Manchester United is one of the best teams in the world. It’s a famous brand like McDonald’s and Nike,” he said.
The 13-time league champions did not win a title in recent years and their star Cristiano Ronaldo left.
A pedestrian walks past a mural of Manchester United’s Cristiano Ronaldo, near Old Trafford, the home ground of Manchester United soccer team, on November 23, 2022 (Photo by OLI SCARFF/AFP) (Photo by OLI SCAR)
However, experts say that someone could give billions to the team.
The topic is likely to come up on Friday as fans gather to watch the World Cup match between USA and England.