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Joel Glazer is key to any potential Manchester United sale with his four siblings ‘less wedded’ to maintaining control, according to reports. The American, along with his family members, have long been polarising figures at Old Trafford. Sir Jim Ratcliffe is interested in purchasing the Red Devils, while Michael Knighton has been putting a consortium together as well in the hope they’ll be able to finally oust the controversial owners.

The trophies kept coming when the Glazers first ruled the roost at Manchester United, with Sir Alex Ferguson overseeing five Premier League title triumphs.

However, fans have long protested against the Americans with discontent rising amid their time in the wilderness.

The Glazers only invest what United make, rather than their own money, with the club winning just three trophies since Ferguson’s retirement – and none since 2017.

In recent times, Ratcliffe and Knighton have come forward to confirm their interest in buying United.

And The Athletic say that, when it comes to any potential sale, Joel holds the key with his siblings Bryan, Kevin, Ed and Darcie reportedly ‘less wedded to maintaining control’.

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Joel is the one who oversees the daily running of United, though he does this from America.

Per the publication, he’s given 10 hours of his time to supporter groups and is set to meet the fan advisory board on Zoom as they look to heal the scars from the European Super League debacle.

Last year, the Glazers tried to help form a new breakaway division that would have changed the pyramid of English football.

Yet they ended up backing down, and issuing a grovelling apology, after a strong backlash that saw them slammed from figures in the footballing world left, right and centre.

Joel notoriously doesn’t speak about United in public, creating an impression among some fans that he merely doesn’t care.

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Bloomberg reportedly got close to securing an interview, with an American journalist spending two hours in the 55-year-old’s presence.

However, Glazer refused to go on the record – and wouldn’t even discuss the club on email either.

Ultimately, The Athletic were unable to obtain an interview with Joel despite jetting out to America in the hope of tracking him down.

And it’ll be interesting to see when he next addresses United supporters as they plan for a brighter future with Erik ten Hag at the helm.

Speaking last week, meanwhile, Knighton confirmed his plans to submit a bid in order to buy United are ‘moving forward’.

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The 70-year-old previously tried to purchase the Red Devils back in 1989, though he ended up working at Old Trafford on the board of directors for three years afterwards.

And, speaking to Man United The Religion, he provided an update by saying: “Everyone knows that we need new ownership of this football club. That is my aim, those are my objectives.

“I’m making good progress, I continue to talk to the people, I’ve got some good pledges with good finance.

“We are now working on the offer document.

“Remember, it’s a hostile bid – that simply means the club isn’t officially for sale, but my intention is to present these owners with a legitimate and potent and proper commercial offer to say ‘you’ve run out of road, it’s time to go, because your time is up’.

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“And frankly the fans worldwide have had enough of this regime. We are a club in crisis, and we all know the reason why.

“We have an inept and frankly useless ownership who knows little about this game of football.”

And, on Twitter, he added: “Thank you ALL for the wonderful messages of support. There is much going on behind the scenes.

“Things are moving forward as planned. I apologise I can’t be on this platform more, just bogged down in meetings. God bless & every good wish to all of you. [Your] support is greatly appreciated.”

United are next in action against Manchester City on Sunday (2pm).

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