A fan protest group has expressed concern that the proposed takeover of Manchester United could drag on for up to 18 months.
The group, called the 1958 Group, has been leading protests against the Glazer family, who have owned United since 2005. The Glazers have been criticized for their handling of the club, which has seen them load it with debt and fail to win a major trophy since 2013.
In recent months, there have been a number of bids for United, including one from a consortium led by Sir Jim Ratcliffe, the British billionaire. However, the Glazers have yet to accept any of the bids.
The 1958 Group said that it was concerned that the takeover process could take up to 18 months, which would be “a long time for fans to wait”. The group also said that it was “disappointed” that the Glazers had not yet responded to its calls for a meeting.
A spokesperson for the Glazers said that the family was “committed to finding a new owner for Manchester United” and that it was “in the process of evaluating all bids”.
The spokesperson added that the Glazers were “aware of the concerns of fans” and that they were “committed to working with them to ensure a smooth transition”.
The proposed takeover of United is a complex process and it is difficult to say how long it will take to complete. However, the 1958 Group’s concerns are understandable. Fans have been waiting for a long time for a change of ownership at United and they are eager to see the club return to its former glory.