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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  • Chelsea's Eden Hazard plays down incident with pitch-invading Malmo fan

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    ward handed over his shirt and UEFA are likely to investigate.</p><p>The fan, one of at least four from the home stands who encroached onto the playing surface, was escorted off by stewards, holding the shirt. Hazard appeared unnerved, but later brushed off the moment.</p><p>Eden Hazard downplayed the disturbing scene which saw him hugged by a Malmo fan</p><p>The fan was one of at least four from the home stands who encroached onto the pitch area</p><p>The culprit's grip was released only when the Belgium forward handed over his shirt</p><p>'It's not an incident. He just asked for my shirt,' said Hazard, who came on as a second-half substitute in Thursday night's Europa League last-32 first leg in Sweden.</p><p>Chelsea responded from their embarrassing 6-0 mauling at Manchester City, but were less than convincing and received a stark warning from head coach Maurizio Sarri afterwards.</p><p>Chelsea appeared to be coasting at 2-0, through goals from Ross Barkley and Olivier Giroud, but Anders Christiansen's strike 10 minutes from time means the Blues' progression to the last-16 is no formality.</p><p>Sarri's future remains in doubt ahead of a crucial week: Monday's FA Cup tie with Manchester United, next Thursday's second leg with Malmo and the February 24 Carabao Cup final with City. The Wembley date is followed by the Premier League clash with Tottenham.</p><p>The 60-year-old Italian said: 'If we concede a goal like this to a team like Manchester City or United or Tottenham, then you risk conceding three goals in 10 minutes. So we have to do better, I think.</p><p>'We need to have continuity and consistency, I think, in the mental condition to be able to approach every match with the same level of application, determination and attention.</p><p>'You know very well that, if you are in bad mental condition in England, in 10 days you can lose three or four very important matches.</p><p>'So we need consistency. We have to approach every match in the same way. It's not easy, but we have to try.'</p><p>Ross Barkley and Olivier Giroud scored for the Blues as they took a 2-1 advantage in the tie</p><p>Sarri was pleased with the win as the pressure on the Chelsea boss briefly subsided as a result</p><p>Sarri was content with the performace, which saw Chelsea's first away goals in 2019 after losses to Arsenal, Bournemouth and at the Etihad Stadium.</p><p>'I am happy because we played with a very good level of confidence,' Sarri added.</p><p>'It wasn't really very easy after the last match. But, today, we were confident because we moved the ball also inside our box.</p><p>'We need to think we have to gain qualification in the next match at Stamford Bridge. We have to play because they are really very compact, very solid.'</p><p>As well as the small pitch invasion, UEFA is likely to scrutinise Malmo supporters' use of flares and the throwing of drinks over the partition between home and away fans.</p><p>Malmo were playing for the first time since beating Besiktas to reach the knockout stages due to the domestic off-season during the harsh Swedish winter.</p><p>Boss Uwe Rosler was pleased with his side's performance.</p><p>'We've not shown any respect to Chelsea, especially in the beginning of the game,' Rosler said.</p><p>'Chelsea didn't have a single chance before they scored.</p><p>'I'm pleased with the way we approached the game, tactically and mentally. They showed us respect. They brought (N'Golo) Kante and Hazard on. There's a reason for that.'</p><p>The late goal has given Malmo a chance of an upset.</p><p>Rosler added: 'The odds were against us in the beginning, and are again now. But we rewarded ourselves for the way we played.'</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 February 15, 2019
  • Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder's rematch 'to be announced on Monday'

    Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder's rematch 'to be announced on Monday'

    of the spoils in a controversial draw in December and will now have a chance to fight for a definitive result.</p><p>Fury was adjudged to have been unlucky not to win the WBC title in Los Angeles as Wilder clung onto the belt on home soil.</p><p>Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder are close to confirming rematch after their draw in 2018</p><p>However, the Gypsy King will get another crack at the title with a second fight to be confirmed at the start of next week.</p><p>Fury is now said to be in the final stages of negotiations for a second fight, which is expected to take place in New York City on May 18. </p><p>'We will be making an announcement on Monday,' said Frank Warren, Fury's representative, on talkSPORT. 'Monday we will be in a position I hope where we can be announcing what the future is for Tyson.'  </p><p>Both camps have been fine tuning the deal to prevent their fight for Wilder's title going to rescheduled purse bids at WBC headquarters in Mexico City on Wednesday morning. Talks were delayed by discussion not only of the financial split but also the choice of venue.</p><p>Fury was unlucky not to win the first fight despite being knocked down by the American</p><p>Anthony Joshua is also be fighting his next bout in New York, against Jarrell Miller in June</p><p>Las Vegas was the first option but Fury's insistence on three neutral judges - following the controversial draw in the first fight - is contrary to the preference of the State Athletic Commission there for Nevada officials.</p><p>Warren is understood to have been in New York finalising contracts with Wilder's co-promoters Shelly Finkel and Al Haymon, with the fabled Madison Square Garden earmarked for May 18 and an announcement imminent.</p><p>The same city is pencilled in for Anthony Joshua's defence of his collection of WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO heavyweight belts against Brooklyn-born Jarrell Miller.</p><p>Joshua's US debut has been hastened by the commitment of Wilder and Fury to fight each other again and the refusal of Dillian Whyte to take over the Wembley Stadium date of April 13, which had been set aside for AJ's next mega-night.</p><p>Joshua's clash with the big-punching Miller was confirmed on Wednesday and has also been scheduled for Madison Square Garden, on June 1. </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 February 15, 2019
  • Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri pleased to get back to winning ways with Malmo victory

    Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri pleased to get back to winning ways with Malmo victory

    s of Manchester City on Sunday by recording their first win on the road since December.</p><p>Ross Barkley and Olivier Giroud netted for the Blues, ensuring they will take two away goals and a one-goal advantage back to Stamford Bridge for next week's return fixture.</p><p>And Sarri was pleased with the performance - although he would have liked a greater winning margin.</p><p>Maurizio Sarri was pleased to return to winning ways against Malmo in the Europa League</p><p>Goals from Ross Barkley and Olivier Giroud ensured a routine victory against the Swedish side</p><p>'We were in control of the match, I think we deserved to win with more goals, but I am happy because we played with confidence and it wasn't very easy after the last match (a 6-0 defeat against Manchester City),' said Sarri.</p><p>'We conceded a goal on a mistake, it can happen, but the level of attention was really very good. I am very happy but we know very well that we have to gain the qualification in the next match.</p><p>'I am always confident, but sometimes we had the wrong approach with matches, so we need to be careful in every match.'</p><p>Sarri has come under fierce criticism in the wake of his side's heavy defeat to the league champions.</p><p>Captain Cesar Azpilicueta said it was important to react well to the Manchester City defeat</p><p>Questions have been raised about his football philosophy and the willingness of his squad to implement his ideas. </p><p>But the Blues are still fighting on four fronts -  with the Carabao Cup final to come at the end of the month - and captain Cesar Azpilicueta is determined to return to winning ways, starting with Monday's FA Cup tie with Manchester United.</p><p>'It's very important (reaction to City), Chelsea is all about winning,' said Azpilicueta. </p><p>'Sunday was unacceptable, we had our reaction today but we need consistency, we have an important game on Monday against Manchester United, we know what it means to everyone, those games, we are the current champions of the competition (FA Cup) so we will try to get through.'</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 February 15, 2019

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