Manchester United owners, the Glazers, have been blasted by talkSPORT hosts Darren Gough and Adrian Durham for taking £1BILLION out of the club over their 16-year ownership.
Red Devils fans have stepped up their protests of the Americans in recent weeks following the club’s poor Premier League campaign, with irate supporters getting #Glazersout trending on social media.
The club have even apparently cancelled MUTV’s popular phone-in shows for fear they will be bombarded by the #Glazersout brigade.
However, supporters have been handed a glimmer of hope this week, with reports the Glazer family are considering selling the club due to the huge investment it will take to get United battling to top honours again.
And there has been rumoured interest from Sir Jim Ratcliffe – the owner of British cycling team Team Ineos and a supposed boyhood United fan, who is worth more than £21billion.
Claims the Glazers could be willing to sell is great news for angry fans, who have campaigned against the American family ever since their takeover in 2003.
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And on Tuesday’s Drivetime show, Goughie read off a list of extraordinary figures to show just how much the Glazers have made from owning the 20-time Premier League winners.
The England cricket legend said: “The debt is just over £500million and there has been no capital paid off that debt since 2011, which is massive.
“Only interest has been paid off – £786m. That’s the finance costs over the last 13 years.
“Share sells over the last 13 years, since they put the club on the stock market, they managed to bring in £452m. None of that has been invested in Manchester United.
“You know where it goes – to the owners of the football club.
“Dividends – since 2013 there has been £78m in dividends paid.
“Now, Liverpool and Manchester City do not pay their owners dividends. £78m is a lot of money!
“Directors fees, work that one out, are £75m as well.
“This is what has been going on Manchester United.
“They’re still a financial powerhouse, but if you think when the owner of Manchester City came in he has pumped in £1billion-plus to that club, in the same time the Glazers have taken £1billion out of Manchester United.”