It has been a grim start to the season – the club’s worst since 1989 – for manager Erik ten Hag with dire performances on the pitch and numerous issues off it. So how do you fix Manchester United?
Here, talkSPORT looks at five solutions, starting with the proposed takeover, something which has been dragging on for nearly a year.
The most damning aspect of Saturday’s 3-1 defeat at home to Brighton, who named a starting XI that cost less than £17m in transfer fees, is that nobody was in the least bit surprised. In fact, it would have been more of a shock if United had won!
The former champions have been dubbed a crisis club after a chaotic start to the season, but the biggest single issue remains Joel and Avram Glazer’s continued stalling over selling their shares.
United fans rejoiced when the Brothers Grim announced during the World Cup in November that they were open to investment or even a complete sale of the club. Finally, it appeared the parasitical regime, that has used their ownership as no more than a means to line their own pockets while racking up colossal debts of hundreds of millions of pounds, were on their bikes.
Alas, ten months later and still United are under Glazer rule, with both the Qatari consortium and boyhood United fan Sir Jim Ratcliffe left in limbo over their respective takeover offers.
That uncertainty and lack of leadership right at the top of the food chain has undoubtedly affected all areas of the club with Ten Hag and chief executive Richard Arnold left to put fire after fire.
United’s handling of the Mason Greenwood affair was simply shocking, but hardly a surprise after the owners washed their hands of any responsibility and left it to the much-maligned Arnold to decide Greenwood’s fate andRead on talksport.com