Man United have been owned by the Glazers for 13 years.. but are they to blame for current malaise? 

Since they took over 10 years ago, the owners of one Manchester club have spent more than £1billion.

Since they took over 13 years ago, the owners of another Manchester club have drained more than £1billion.

Since taking over 13 years ago, the Glazers have drained more than £1billion from Man United

But can the current malaise under Jose Mourinho be blamed on the debt-burdening regime?

Avram Glazer (left) and Joel Glazer (centre) speak to Mourinho in Shanghai, China, in 2016

There is an argument that United are now paying for a lack of transfer activity during the early years of the Glazer era. 

Putting aside the fact that much time has since passed, Sir Alex Ferguson famously said that he was never denied a player he wanted. 

At the time, many believed he was toeing the party line because he was still employed by the club. 

However, since his departure he has written books and there has been no mention of any strait jacket. Since Ferguson left, in 2013, United have spent close to £700m and remain without another Premier League title.  

Sir Alex Ferguson previously said he was never denied a player he wanted during his tenure

Ferguson, with Avram, Bryan and Joel Glazer in 2011, was prudent early on in the Glazer era

Jose Mourinho cannot say he has not been backed, regardless of this summer's complaints. The accusation that money is being held back is not valid. 

Whether it is being spent wisely is another matter. So what of the Glazers' involvement in the running of the club? 

These are not laissez-faire owners. Insiders say the family take a huge involvement in the operation, setting the budget and speaking to executive vice chairman Ed Woodward on a daily basis. Brothers and co-chairmen Joel and Avram ('Avie') are the key players. 

Last season, Avie, a former chief executive in the oil and gas industry, was seen more often of the two at Old Trafford. Both watch all matches that they do not attend in their US homes. 

The Glazer family are not laissez-faire owners and they regular attend matches at Old Trafford

Every week a video-conference meeting is held in what Mourinho has called his 'miracle room'

As for the future, speculation that the Glazers will cash in on their asset is not far away. Do not bet on it.  'People have been saying they will flip it for 13 years,' the source added. 'I just don't see it. They enjoy owning Manchester United. These are sports-mad people.' 

Sports-mad people with a keen eye for a bargain. In 1995, the Glazer family, led by now-deceased Malcolm, paid $192m for the NFL's Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Their tenure has been up and down and delivered a previously unthinkable Super Bowl victory along with a series of blackouts – matches not shown on local television because tickets had not sold out. 

One thing, however, stands out. Last month Forbes valued the Bucs at close to $2bn. Sound familiar? There may also be a promising omen this year for United supporters who frequent Old Trafford. 

Old Trafford's ageing facilities, many supporters feel, are in desperate need of modernisation

The Glazers put $150m into renovating their Tampa Bay Buccaneers' Raymond James Stadium

Some have bemoaned the ageing facilities at the iconic venue, believing a lack of investment has seen United fall behind their rivals. In the Spring, Tampa Bay unveiled $150m worth of renovations to Raymond James Stadium, the latest phase of a transformation which kicked off in 2016. 

The new additions focus on improving the corporate hospitality offering but also include a new retail store and improvements to the home team locker room.  Ir shows that United's owners are not blind to change, something which may well come in useful in the coming months.

Perhaps the biggest criticism thrown at the club's operation is that they lack someone with football knowledge in the higher levels. That while Woodward is supremely talented at business, his approach to transfers has left something to be desired. That United's is a scattergun approach, aimed at quick-fixes rather than a rational long-term strategy. 

Criticism that while they have Ed Woodward, they lack someone with real football knowledge

A scattergun transfer policy has also shown a short-termism that has them playing catch-up

No doubt he would counter that by saying that United retain the Ferguson-model, in which the manager sets the targets, and that he has simply provided the manager with those players. 

Regardless, there appears to have been recognition, via the current search for a director of football, that change is needed. That in Manchester, where City were once the noisy neighbours frantically playing catch up, the roles have reversed.

Change at the highest level, however, remains some way off. United announced their annual financial figures last month. 

Buried away in the figures was perhaps the biggest indication of why the six Glazer siblings who own 97 per cent of the voting shares are going nowhere. Thanks to a dividend introduced three years ago, they were paid £18m. 

It was just the latest example of money leaving the club under their tenure, amid regular interest payments to service debts. 

This is business, and if business can go this well when on-field performance is laboured, the potential should United finally get it right is immense.

The man who was the kingpin in the family's sporting purchases before he passed, Malcolm Glazer left his stake in the club equally to his six children. 

He purchased NFL franchise Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 1995 before turning his attentions to a £790m takeover at United between 2003-05.

Avram A. Glazer, also known as Avie, serves as Executive Co-Chairman of Manchester United.

The 57-year-old is the oldest of all the Glazer siblings and is one of the key players in the running of the club.

A former chief executive in the oil and gas industry, 'Avie' was seen is at Old Trafford most to keep check on how the team are performing. 

Another keen sports fan, Bryan Glazer is the executive vice president of the Tampa Bay Bucs.

In that role since 1995, he has proven influential in the impressive revamp of the club's Raymond James Stadium.

With Old Trafford in need of improving, Bryan could be the key player. 

Along with older brother Avram, Joel Glazer is one of the key players from the family in the running of the club.

He holds Bachelor's degree in interdisciplinary studies from American University in 1989.

Like Avram, Joel watches all of United's matches whether at home in the US or in person at Old Trafford. 

A father of three daughters, Edward Glazer's primary focus remains Tampa Bay, rather than the ups and downs at United.

Away from sport he and wife Shari founded the 'B.F.F. Bear Program' which gives away thousands of free teddy bears annually to pediatric patients.

While Avram, Bryan and Joel show a passion to be hands-on at United, Darcie is one of three 'mystery' members of the family that fans are less familiar with. 

She is a psychology graduate who plays a key role in the work done by the Glazer foundation.

Rarely ever spotted watching Jose Mourinho's side at Old Trafford. 

Kevin was appointed as a United director following the New York Stock Exchange flotation in August 2012.

He is co-chairman of the family's First Allied Corporation having graduated from Ithaca College in 1984 with a Bachelor of Arts degree.

Like Darcie and Edward, a relatively unfamiliar figure to fans among the six owners.  

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  • Liverpool defender Joel Matip taken to hospital for tests on shoulder but Jurgen Klopp plays it down

    Liverpool defender Joel Matip taken to hospital for tests on shoulder but Jurgen Klopp plays it down

    t Alexander-Arnold withdrawn late on after taking knocks, though Matip finished on the pitch.</p><p>Joel Matip had to be taken to hopsital after picking up a shoulder injury against Napoli</p><p>Jurgen Klopp played down injury fears over the Liverpool defender after the game</p><p>Klopp said: 'Nobody told me anything about [Joel's] shoulder, so hopefully that's a good sign. Trent got a knock on his foot, we are not sure about what exactly it is. It is painful. </p><p>'Millie had cramps – I hope it was only cramp. That was it, I don't know anything else.'</p><p>Having lost Gomez for the rest of 2018 only last week, Klopp would be loathe to lose Alexander-Arnold ahead of the busy festive schedule.</p><p>Nathaniel Clyne has made only one appearance this season with Dejan Lovren filling in at right back for the closing stages.</p><p>Trent Alexander-Arnold picked up a knock on his foot, which Klopp admitted was 'painful'</p><p>Midfielder James Milner also went off late on, but Klopp said that was due to cramp</p><p>Klopp would not be drawn on who he wanted to face in the knockout stages after Alisson's heroics in goal assured them of victory.  </p><p>'The only thing I know is that a lot of the fans would to have revenge against PSG or whatever. We have no say in that. We wait for the draw - no problem with that. </p><p>'Until 7.55 tonight, I was really not sure that we will be in the draw still and now we are in it. How could I sit here and ask for any team? I don't care. </p><p>'We are second in the group, so we will have an outstandingly strong opponent. That's it.'</p><p> The views expressed in the contents above are those of our users and do not necessarily reflect the views of MailOnline. </p><p>Do you want to automatically post your MailOnline comments to your Facebook Timeline?</p><p>Your comment will be posted to MailOnline as usual.</p><p>Do you want to automatically post your MailOnline comments to your Facebook Timeline?</p><p> We will automatically post your comment and a link to the news story to your Facebook timeline at the same time it is posted on MailOnline. To do this we will link your MailOnline account with your Facebook account. We’ll ask you to confirm this for your first post to Facebook.</p><p>Part of the Daily Mail, The Mail on Sunday &amp; Metro Media Group</p>

    1 December 12, 2018
  • Club Bruges 0-0 Atletico Madrid: Visitors finish as Group A runners-up

    Club Bruges 0-0 Atletico Madrid: Visitors finish as Group A runners-up

    second place after being held to a disappointing 0-0 draw at Belgian side Club Bruges on Tuesday.</p><p>Atletico entered the match leading Group A, but their stumble combined with Dortmund Borussia's 2-0 victory at Monaco gave the German club the top spot.</p><p>Dortmund edged Atletico on goal difference after both finished with 13 points, while Club Bruges will join the Europa League after finishing with six points. Monaco earned just one point.</p><p>Antoine Griezmann endured a frustrating night as Atletico Madrid drew at Club Bruges</p><p>The Atletico Madrid talisman was unable to break the shackles of the Club Bruges defence</p><p>Koke (right) looks to get Atletico on the attack during the Champions League encounter</p><p>Atletico had a promising start with strikes by Thomas Partey and Antoine Griezmann, but the 2014 and 2016 finalist failed to threaten the hosts in the second half.</p><p>'I leave with a good feeling, we have moved on, which is what we wanted to do, and now we need to try to improve,' Atletico coach Diego Simeone said. </p><p>'We were missing our finishing touch because we had the chances.'</p><p>Bruges went close to pulling off the upset when Luan Peres arrived unmarked at the far post in the 74th minute, but goalkeeper Jan Oblak saved his header.</p><p>'We showed to the world that a small club from a small nation like Belgium can battle with the big teams,' said Bruges coach Ivan Leko. </p><p>'Nil-nil against Griezmann, Saul, Koke and coach Simeone is a dream result for us.'</p><p>Atletico manager Diego Simeone is pleased his side have reached the knockout stages</p><p>Club Bruges boss Ivan Leko was proud of his side in managing to shut out the Spanish giants</p><p> The views expressed in the contents above are those of our users and do not necessarily reflect the views of MailOnline. </p><p>Do you want to automatically post your MailOnline comments to your Facebook Timeline?</p><p>Your comment will be posted to MailOnline as usual.</p><p>Do you want to automatically post your MailOnline comments to your Facebook Timeline?</p><p> We will automatically post your comment and a link to the news story to your Facebook timeline at the same time it is posted on MailOnline. To do this we will link your MailOnline account with your Facebook account. We’ll ask you to confirm this for your first post to Facebook.</p><p>Part of the Daily Mail, The Mail on Sunday &amp; Metro Media Group</p>

    1 December 12, 2018
  • Oscar De La Hoya on GGG vs Golovkin trilogy and why Anthony Joshua is the best heavyweight

    Oscar De La Hoya on GGG vs Golovkin trilogy and why Anthony Joshua is the best heavyweight

    t the top of the boxing and MMA agenda. </p><p>He told First Take on ESPN: 'I think the difference is going to be that somebody is getting knocked out. They know each other's style now. With GGG, the first fight people say he came forward, he won the fight because he was aggressive. </p><p>Oscar De La Hoya spoke at length about a number of issues on ESPN's First Take show</p><p>He thinks there would be a knockout for Canelo Alvarez (left) or Gennady Golovkin (right)</p><p>'So I tell Canelo that he has to go out there and bully the bully. If a third one happens, there is no room for a decision or anything like that, I think you have to knock your guy out to win.'</p><p>And when questioned on his views about the heavyweight division, De La Hoya insists Anthony Joshua is still top of the pile despite Tyson Fury's draw with Deontay Wilder capturing the public's attention.  </p><p>'I think Joshua is the best in the heavyweight division. After watching Wilder and Fury, I have mad respect for them. </p><p>'These guys were throwing bombs, I mean come on, Fury goes down, the referee is counting him out and all of a sudden you see this Undertaker get up. The gatekeeper there in that division is Anthony Joshua.'</p><p>The former world champion also addressed his very public war of words with UFC president Dana White who recently called him a 'coke head'.  </p><p>'First of all, what I said, not about him personally, just about the business, is that fighters come up to me and say "we don't get paid enough, UFC just sold for four billion dollars and we're struggling". </p><p>De La Hoya still thinks Anthony Joshua rules the roost in the heavyweight division</p><p>'Look I'm not attacking his persona, I'm not attacking him personally. If he wants to attack me personally for what happened 15 years ago... I've made myself better and done the work to make myself the person I am today.' </p><p>'I work hard to build my business and take care of my fighters, are you doing the same? Why are so many fighters complaining? I'm getting to a point where I was going to promote one event, Tito Ortiz vs Chuck Liddell. </p><p>Ortiz vs Liddell finished in a first round knockout of the 'Iceman' who is a personal friend of White's that the UFC chief refused to sanction a fight for over concerns about the 48-year-old's health.  </p><p>De La Hoya argued: 'Why are they still fighting at this age? Because Dana White doesn't pay them enough. </p><p>'There are 40-50 UFC fighters calling me and I respect their contracts but once those fighters are free agents I'm going to take those calls. I'm going to compete with Dana White,' he warned.</p><p>De La Hoya said he would be coming for Dana White's fighters once they are out of contract</p><p>Do you want to automatically post your MailOnline comments to your Facebook Timeline?</p><p>Your comment will be posted to MailOnline as usual.</p><p>Do you want to automatically post your MailOnline comments to your Facebook Timeline?</p><p> We will automatically post your comment and a link to the news story to your Facebook timeline at the same time it is posted on MailOnline. To do this we will link your MailOnline account with your Facebook account. We’ll ask you to confirm this for your first post to Facebook.</p><p>Part of the Daily Mail, The Mail on Sunday &amp; Metro Media Group</p>

    1 December 12, 2018
  • Chelsea line up £15m January move for Barcelona's Denis Suarez

    Chelsea line up £15m January move for Barcelona's Denis Suarez

    for Barcelona's Denis Suarez in January.</p><p>Sarri is not keen for Cesc Fabregas to leave in the January window but the Spaniard is keen to get more first-team football and will look at the options on the table in the winter window.</p><p>His contract expires in the summer and he can listen to clubs next month. </p><p>Chelsea are interested in making a move for Barcelona midfielder Denis Suarez in January</p><p>The 24-year-old has so far made only one La Liga appearance from the bench this season</p><p>But Sarri has told the Chelsea hierarchy that he is not willing to let Fabregas go until a direct replacement has been signed.</p><p>Fabregas is considered to be the only covering player for Jorginho in the squad — although Suarez would also fit the bill.</p><p>The 24-year-old would be willing to leave the Nou Camp after appearing just once in La Liga this campaign.</p><p>Asked about his future recently, Suarez said: 'I work to play and I'm not having minutes, if I do not play… we'll see.' </p><p>AC Milan are interested in signing Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas (left) in January</p><p>Chelsea have slapped a price-tag of around £11m on former Arsenal midfielder Fabregas if a club wishes to sign him in January.</p><p>Milan are not keen to spend that much on the 31-year-old. </p><p>Do you want to automatically post your MailOnline comments to your Facebook Timeline?</p><p>Your comment will be posted to MailOnline as usual.</p><p>Do you want to automatically post your MailOnline comments to your Facebook Timeline?</p><p> We will automatically post your comment and a link to the news story to your Facebook timeline at the same time it is posted on MailOnline. To do this we will link your MailOnline account with your Facebook account. We’ll ask you to confirm this for your first post to Facebook.</p><p>Part of the Daily Mail, The Mail on Sunday &amp; Metro Media Group</p>

    1 December 12, 2018

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