Tuesday, February 7, 2023

Man United supporters react to the sale of arch rivals Liverpool by owners FSG

Man United supporters react to the sale of arch rivals Liverpool by owners FSG

 Manchester United  supporters have reacted with envy to the news that Fenway Sports Group is selling Liverpool.

The American investment business has owned Liverpool since 2010, during which time the club has won the Premier League, Champions League, FA Cup, and Carabao Cup. 

United, meanwhile, have experienced a severe fall since their 2013 title victory.

Frequent demonstrations have been held against the club’s owners, the Glazer family, by Red Devils supporters. 

But the Americans remain firmly in control at Old Trafford, with little indication that they will relinquish their ownership of the Premier League powerhouses.

Following the news that FSG are willing to sell the Reds, United supporters were eager to vent their displeasure that it was not their own club that was up for sale.

One wrote: “First time I’ve envied anything Liverpool related in as long as I remember.” While another supporter lamented: “God dammit, why can’t it just be us?”

Many United supporters feel that Liverpool will now be purchased by a sovereign investment fund from a Middle Eastern nation, similar to Newcastle or Manchester City. And this would necessitate new investment in the Reds’ roster.

A Red Devils fan said: “They’ll get purchased by an oil-rich country. We’re never going to get rid of the Glazers.” With another adding: “Soon Liverpool are filthy rich.. their new owners want to make statement signings so we can forget Bellingham etc.. we need new owners or we can’t compete.”

However, there were a few who hoped Liverpool’s new owners would not be as successful as FSG.

Even though it is largely accepted that the Reds will maintain their advantage over their bitter rivals.

“It is sad but it is not a guarantee that Liverpool will be bought by better owners. Liverpool fans go on about FSG not being great owners but they did a decent job, they just don’t have an infinite amount of oil money to keep up with City and were actually running finances very prudently while still supporting Klopp,” one supporter wrote on Reddit.

“This is to say there is no guarantee that new owners will be better unless it is an oil backed fund. Although chances are it will be bought by a oil-heir looking for a toy because sports clubs are not the greatest bid of business with those billions, specially not with macro conditions we are in.”

FSG reiterated that they are “absolutely dedicated” to bringing success to Liverpool. However, they also confirmed that they will sell the Reds if the appropriate price and buyers are found.

“There have been a number of recent changes of ownership and rumours of changes in ownership at EPL clubs. Inevitably we are asked regularly about Fenway Sports Group’s ownership in Liverpool,” the firm said in a statement.

“FSG has frequently received expressions of interest from third parties seeking to become shareholders in Liverpool. FSG has said before that under the right terms and conditions we would consider new shareholders if it was in the best interests of Liverpool as a club. FSG remains fully committed to the success of Liverpool, both on and off the pitch.”

Man United supporters react to the sale of arch rivals Liverpool by owners FSG

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