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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October 11, 2018

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    called off as the rain continues to pour in Pallekele.</p><p>The England and Wales Cricket Board has defended the rationale behind touring Sri Lanka in the rainy season, insisting the congested international schedule left no 'wriggle room'.</p><p>The ongoing series has been blighted, perhaps predictably, by inclement weather, with the opening fixture washed out after 15 overs and the second won by England on Duckworth-Lewis-Stern when thunderstorms curtailed the Sri Lanka innings.</p><p>England's third one-day international is at risk of being called off due to rain</p><p>Supporters were forced to huddle under umbrellas as the rain fell at Pallekele Stadium</p><p>The ECB were forced to defend decision to tour in the rainy season, citing a packed schedule</p><p>The third game was due to get under way at 10am BST at Pallekele Stadium, but the arrival of more rain meant a delayed start to proceedings at best.</p><p>As players from both sides waited in the pavilion for skies to clear, the ECB opted to pre-empt further criticism by outlining the slim window available to fulfil its commitment to a three-format visit to the island.</p><p>The message read: 'In respect of touring Sri Lanka at this time of year: The Future Tours Programme is congested involving 13 Boards whose schedules all interconnect, so there are unfortunately a number of tours that have to take place outside prime match-staging periods.</p><p>'After hosting England, Sri Lanka spend the rest of the 18-19 season touring New Zealand, Australia and South Africa. They play their first match in New Zealand on Dec 8, which left very little wriggle room given our final Test in Sri Lanka finishes on Nov 29.'</p><p>The ground was completely covered and the stadium empty on a miserable day in Sri Lanka</p><p>Some supporters, however, continued to brave the rain and pray that play would get underway</p><p>Supporters were forced to watch on, huddled under umbrellas, as the rain engulfed the stadium in Pallekele. </p><p>England's preparations for the series were also rain-affected, with a DLS finish to their first warm-up match and the second called off without a ball bowled at Colombo's P Sara Stadium.</p><p>The ECB statement does not shed any light on the wisdom of scheduling three of the five games to be day/night affairs - at a time when conditions are typically better earlier in the day - or the fact that only the second and fifth ODIs were given the safety net of a reserve day. </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 October 17, 2018

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