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    How difficult is it really for Glazers to sell Man Utd with owners making millions a week off New York Stock Exchange?

    THE GLAZER family are said to be willing to offload part of their stake in Manchester United.But how does selling a football club work? Sun Business editor ASHLEY ARMSTRONG explains.
    Controversial owners Avram and Joel Grant might be reluctant to sell Man Utd, not least for financial reasonsCredit: Getty
    Man Utd have other huge problems to deal with such as manager Erik ten Hag knowing legend Cristiano Ronaldo wants to leaveCredit: Alamy
    HOW hard could it be to pull off a Red Devils’ takeover?
    Manchester United is a publicly traded company after the Glazers listed the business on the New York Stock Exchange for $2.3billion in 2012.
    In Britain, takeovers of public companies are ­relatively straightforward — a bidder makes an offer to buy all the shares that are traded and the shareholders vote in favour or not.
     In the US, companies can have two classes of shares with Class A shares not being as powerful as Class B shares.
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    The Glazers own 96.7 per cent of United’s Class B shares, which also have 67 per cent of the entire company’s voting rights.
    This means that even if all of the investors in United’s publicly traded Class A shares want a takeover, the Glazers have enough of a blocking vote with their B shares to oppose a deal.
    In addition, the Glazers also own United through a Cayman Islands vehicle, which has laws that can delay or prevent a change in ownership.
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    WHAT are the rules of the game?
    In the UK if there are takeover rumours, there are rules that state a bidder must make an offer or walk away within 28 days.
    No such thing exists in the US but Glazers’ control limits the chances of a hostile deal, so a bidder would have to make a ‘friendly’ offer and get them on side first.
    Within ten days of a takeover offer,   United would have to say whether it recommended or resisted a bid.
    HOW much could  United be sold for?
    In takeovers, bidders have to typically offer a premium to what a company is worth — the ballpark is usually 30 per cent.
    After the recent rise on the back of takeover speculation, United’s shares are trading at $2.23bn (£1.85bn) and according to its last accounts it has around £540m worth of debt.
    The total valuation adds up to around £2.65bn — stick on a normal premium and that gets you north of £3.3bn.
    What is more unpredictable is ego in dealmaking — how much extra will the Glazers want to feel like they’ve done a good deal and not lost money or face?
    That’s why a valuation of around £4bn has been touted although the Glazers might want as much as £5bn.
    WHAT about United’s debt?
    This has been a sore point for fans, with more spent on interest payments at one point than in the transfer market.
    But a takeover should mean that the club’s debts would be reworked.
    The problem is that interest rates are rising at the moment, which means raising takeover financing through loans and bonds is trickier and more expensive.
    HOW could a deal be done?
    The names in the frame so far all have deep pockets.
    Sir Jim Ratcliffe is one of the UK’s richest men, worth  around £11bn.
    The United fan made an offer for Chelsea but is understood to have been the lowest bidder.
    United has more of an emotional pull for him though and that could soften his stance.
    Apollo, a US private equity firm, has over $500bn of assets and this month raised a $13bn new fund.
    Bankers caution that Apollo famously doesn’t like to overpay. 
    Private equity use their funds to put very little cash  into a takeover and a lot of debt. More

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    Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel should NOT be allowed on touchline after his Tottenham red card, says Leeds’ Jesse Marsch

    LEEDS boss Jesse Marsch insists there is no way Thomas Tuchel should be allowed on the touchline at Elland Road on Sunday. The Chelsea boss was sent off for an explosive bust-up with Tottenham counterpart Antonio Conte at Stamford Bridge last weekend. 
    Marsch says Tuchel shouldn’t be allowed on the touchline following a red cardCredit: Rex
    Chelsea boss Tuchel was sent off alongside Antonio Conte for an altercation last weekendCredit: AFP
    Both were charged by the FA for “improper” behaviour and will learn their fate this afternoon. 
    It was put to Marsch that there is still a chance Tuchel will be allowed to manage the Blues at Leeds. 
    And he hit back: “That doesn’t seem right. I would be disappointed if that was allowed. 
    “A red card means you should not play the next match. 
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    “In theory, when the manager’s not there it’s an advantage. 
    “I know his assistant Zsolt Low well – he has a brilliant football mind and no doubt will help out from there. 
    “I have always assumed a red means the manager is suspended – maybe that’s the wrong assumption!”
    Marsch clashed with Wolves boss Bruno Lage on the opening day of the season. 
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    And he added: “I sent an email to Bruno to clear the air but haven’t had a reply yet.
    “I have a lot of respect for Bruno and all the managers in this league. 
    “That’s my thing, stay calm and stay in the match so we help our team, but the competitive edge you want your team to present every match is a big part of what helps you be successful.”  More

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    Is West Ham vs Brighton on TV? Live stream, team news and kick-off time for Premier League match

    WEST HAM return to Premier League action with a mouth-watering clash against in-form Brighton and they’ll be desperate for three points.Former Championship side Nottingham Forest forced the Hammers to swallow a bitter pill by marginally beating them at the City Ground last Saturday.
    Nottingham Forest stunned West Ham by beating them 1-0 last weekendCredit: Rex
    Gianluca Scamacca scored a towering header on his full debut in West Ham coloursCredit: Getty
    And this result came off the back of a disappointing 2-0 defeat by Champions of England Manchester City on the opening weekend.
    However, spirits have been lifted since then as £30.5 million signing Gianluca Scamacca inspired David Moyes’ side to a midweek 3-1 in their Europa Conference League playoff.
    But Brighton are yet to lose a game this season which includes embarrassing Manchester United at Old Trafford.
    What time does West Ham vs Brighton kick off?

    West Ham will be entertaining Brighton on Sunday, August 21.
    It is scheduled to kick-off at 2pm UK time.
    London Stadium in East London is the allocated arena for this fixture and it can host approximately 60,000 spectators.
    Brighton completed a comeback to secure all three points when these two sides last met on the final day of the 2021/22 season.

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    Is West Ham vs Brighton on TV and can I live stream it?

    Sadly, West Ham vs Brighton will NOT be broadcasted live on television in the UK.
    This has nothing to do with the football TV black out law, it just wasn’t selected to have any live coverage.
    However fans in the US can head to Peacock to stream the entire action.

    Team news
    David Moyes was able to rest a lot of key players for West Ham’s Europa Conference League playoff win against Viborg FF.
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    But the Hammers boss is expected to bring the likes of Aaron Cresswell, Kurt Zouma, Lukasz Fabianski, Declan Rice and Michail Antonio all back into the fold.
    Defensive veteran Angelo Ogbonna will also be pushing for a start having got 65 minutes under his belt after being side-lined since last season.
    Elsewhere, Brighton manager Graham Potter will only have to continue without the services of Jakub Moder.
    However, Potter could have a selection headache on whether he hands summer signing Pervis Estupinan his full debut at wing-back against West Ham.
    Latest odds

    West Ham to win 13/10
    Draw 12/5
    Brighton to win 11/5

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    What makes Casemiro so good and why he could finally get Man Utd’s midfield ticking as Real Madrid transfer edges closer

    CASEMIRO will be a success at Manchester United if Erik ten Hag uses him the right way.That’s according to La Liga expert and former Red Devils striker Terry Gibson.
    Manchester United are set to complete the signing of Casemiro from Real MadridCredit: Rex
    Spanish football analyst Gibson explains why the Brazilian will help Ten Hag get the best out of his defenceCredit: Rex
    The Old Trafford club have settled on a £60million transfer fee with Real Madrid for the 30-year-old midfielder.
    Casemiro has already agreed personal terms on a deal worth a whopping £350,000-a-week.
    Boss Erik ten Hag is looking to improve his defensive unit following a humiliating 4-0 defeat at Brentford.
    And Gibson says the Brazilian, if part of the right system, will provide Ten Hag with a sizeable upgrade.
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    He told SunSport: “Casemiro is a serial winner in terms of his mentality.
    “It might be a tough start for him right now at Man Utd but if you look at his qualities, his pedigree, his career, and his experience – it should be a success.
    “But I think it’s important that United use him exactly the same way as Madrid did.
    “I think it would be disrespectful to Fred and McTominay [to say he’ll replace them both], but you are talking about a player that’s played for Real Madrid for a decade and won five Champions Leagues.
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    “He should be an obvious upgrade. My hope is that he’ll play in front of the back four on his own.
    “He should be that first line of defence in front of the back four.
    “I hope for United’s sake they can ask him to do exactly the same job he did at Real, which is quite straightforward but he does it really well and really effectively.
    “I think he’s better suited playing as that one holding midfield player and allowing others to go and express themselves.”
    Gibson lauds Casemiro’s character and insists the three-time La Liga champion will bring some toughness to United’s midfield.
    He added: “His aggression is good. I think the Premier League will suit him in terms of aggression.
    “In Spain, he got away without picking up a red card. He is clever at making professional fouls, and cynical fouls, yet only picking up one yellow rather than two.
    “He’s always been clever enough to get away with it to be honest.
    “Personality wise, he is really good. He’s a great personality. He rubs people the wrong way if you don’t support the team he’s playing on.”
    The former forward says ‘serial winner’ Casemiro will add aggression to the clubCredit: Rex
    Some have suggested that those in charge at Manchester United need to focus on the team rather than trying to build a brand.
    Criticism has been fired at the club’s transfer strategy for chasing players who don’t want to come or aren’t available.
    However, Gibson reckons Casemiro could start to give the Old Trafford faithful something to cheer about.
    He explained: “United supporters will be clapping because he’ll be mopping up danger and putting his foot in, spotting things, covering the fall backs or defending just in front of the back four.
    “Of course, that’s what they need. That’s what they’ll be clapping for.
    “He’s most effective in covering the gaps that the other players leave, whether that’s his midfield team-mates, full-backs or even centre-backs.
    “He’s excellent at attacking set-pieces, getting onto knock downs from corners and free kicks because of his determination and his will to win.
    “He isn’t lightning quick, doesn’t get about the pitch a great deal but defensively, he’s solid.
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    “If people are expecting him to start bringing the ball down and beating two or three players then they’re interested in Frenkie de Jong, two totally different players.
    “Casemiro will catch the eye if Man Utd start conceding less goals, more clean sheets. You know, people might then appreciate his worth.”
    Terry Gibson spoke to SunSport on behalf of Spanish football podcast La Liga Weekly. More

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    Nervous Gary Neville watches Salford on TV… but fans are all saying same thing about poster in Man Utd icon’s house

    GARY NEVILLE lost his cool as he watched Salford take on Newport on Tuesday – but it was his artwork that captured fans’ attention instead.Neville’s wife Emma filmed the former Manchester United star watching the Ammies in League Two action from the comfort of his living room.
    A restless Gary Neville watched on as Salford held onto a 3-2 win over NewportCredit: TikTok @gneville2
    He is co-owner of Salford and naturally has an emotional investment in their success, but got carried away as he called for the final whistle – swearing at referee Sunny Gill.
    With Salford leading 3-2 Neville nervously watched on as Emma mouthed the words “it’s tense” to the camera.
    Meanwhile, Neville shouted at the ref: “Blow your f***ing whistle.”
    But it was Neville’s artwork rather than his behaviour that got fans talking on TikTok.

    One piece of artwork read “Everything is totally f***ed,” while another said “…f*** off”.
    One fan wrote: “What a bizarre thing to have on your sitting room wall.”
    Another added: “That’s some interesting pictures you got up.”
    And a third said: “Such inspirational art work 😂.”
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    A fourth cheekily replied: “Ah I see Gary has a Ten Haag original on the wall.”
    It was a tense evening for Neville, whose Salford side ran out 3-2 winners thanks to a late goal from Ryan Leak, having surrendered a 2-0 lead. More

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    Arsenal boss Arteta ‘confident’ star man Bukayo Saka will sign new contract as Man City ponder transfer

    MIKEL ARTETA is increasingly confident that Arsenal will tie down Bukayo Saka to a new long-term deal.But the Gunners boss admitted that the longer uncertainty rumbles on, it could lead to the England star taking his eye off the ball.
    Saka in action during the Premier League win over Leicester City at the EmiratesCredit: Getty
    And Manchester City are waiting to pounce, with Pep Guardiola viewing Saka as the ideal man to replace Raheem Sterling after his shock switch to Chelsea.
    Arteta said: “I am very confident that we as a club and Bukayo, his family, his agent, everybody, we are very much aligned in what we want to achieve.
    “And now it is about putting it on a piece of paper.
    “I would like that to get done, because I don’t want the player or anybody else distracted while we are in the middle of the season.
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    “But those things take time and they have to go through the right process, and I think the process has been really good.”
    Arsenal have already offered terms that would make forward Saka one of their top earners.

    The 20-year-old still has two years remaining on his current contract.
    The academy star is viewed as one of the club’s crown jewels and is adored by Gunners fans.
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    Losing him would be a huge blow, as Arteta attempts to mould a team that can finally compete for the title and get back into the Champions League.
    Landing Gabriel Jesus and Oleksandr Zinchenko from City were huge coups for the club.
    But losing Saka would have fans fearing another false dawn at the Emirates. More

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    Sir Alex Ferguson says Ryan Giggs ‘was the best example at Man Utd’ as he gives evidence in ‘headbutt’ trial

    SIR Alex Ferguson hailed Ryan Giggs as the “best example at Manchester United” as he took the stand to defend the former footballer this afternoon.Red Devils legend Fergie, who has known Giggs since his early teens, said the player is a “quiet boy” with a “fantastic temperament”.
    Man Utd legend Sir Alex Ferguson took the stand to defend Ryan Giggs todayCredit: PP.
    Giggs is accused of headbutting his girlfriend as their relationship broke downCredit: Reuters
    The footballer is accused of headbutting his ex girlfriend Kate Greville as they broke up, as well as controlling her during their tumultuous relationship.
    Sir Alex said today that Giggs entered the first team at the age of just 17 – and began attracting attention after the media “started comparing him with George Best”.
    “We did have to protect him,” he said.
    “When I lost my temper about a performance, I would use Ryan as an example.
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    “He would get the sharp end of my tongue.
    “I knew he could take it.”
    He said Giggs has a “fantastic temperament”.
    “He was without doubt the best example I had at any club. Everyone looked at Ryan as the number one,” Sir Alex added.
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    Sir Alex, 80, said he first got to know Giggs when the player was just 13.
    “We tried hard to convince him to come to Manchester United,” he said.
    “Ryan was a quiet boy. He sat there and listened to what we were saying.”
    Karen Baird, the chairman of Salford City football club, then told the court she thought of Giggs as being “very much a gentleman”.
    “I’ve never even seen him raise his voice,” she said.
    Asked how he reacted at social events after a drink, she replied: “In the last Christmas party before lockdown, he was dancing on a chair with Gary Neville.”
    ‘DANCING ON A CHAIR’
    Neville and Giggs are among the co-owners of Salford City.
    Meanwhile, Rhodri Burgess, CEO of Footprint Sports, said Giggs didn’t lose his temper when told by chief exec Ed Woodward he “wasn’t experienced enough” to become United’s manager.
    Mr Burgess, Giggs’ former agent, said: “Ed Woodward told him he might not have enough experience to became Manchester United manager, a job he wanted at the time, but he remained calm.
    “He reacted calmly and courteously despite being actively criticised regarding his professional experience.”
    He said Giggs had been “highly disappointed with the way he was spoken to” but had not reacted poorly.
    ‘GENTLEMAN’
    The witnesses appeared at court today after more poems between Giggs and Ms Greville were revealed.
    One ode saw Giggs use the letters of his then-girlfriend’s surname to list her attributes.
    He wrote “gorgeous” next to the letter G, “radiant” next to the R, “extraordinary” alongside the E and “vivacious” beside the V.
    Both Ls were followed with “legs”.
    Yesterday, the court also heard an explicit poem Giggs had written, in which he told Ms Greville he was “as hard as a totem pole”.
    She returned the favour, writing in her own poem: “Everyday you do me proud, because you’re well endowed.”
    He would get the sharp end of my tongue. I knew he could take it… he has a fantastic temperamentSir Alex Ferguson
    Jurors sitting at Manchester Crown Court also spent an hour and a half hearing of other messages between the couple this morning.
    Giggs referred to Ms Greville as “the jam in my doughnut”, “the salt in my tequila” and “the truffle in my pasta”.
    But the relationship, which began when both were married to other people, soured before finally ending in November last year.
    On one occasion, Ms Greville said she was left feeling like a “w***e” when Giggs left her at a restaurant table to arrange medical care for his injured daughter.
    And on November 1, she alleges she was assaulted at her multimillion-pound mansion as she and her sister packed her bags after she discovered Giggs was sleeping with 12 women.
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    The former Wales manager, 48, is on trial accused of assaulting Ms Greville, 38, as well as controlling and coercive behaviour towards her over a three-year period.
    He denies all charges and the trial continues.
    Messages and explicit poems between Kate Greville and Giggs were shared todayCredit: Tim Stewart
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    Nottingham Forest boss Steve Cooper admits Man Utd loanee Dean Henderson was NOT on transfer wishlist this summer

    STEVE COOPER spent over £125million on 16 players for Forest in a frenzied summer transfer season — and missed out on many more.Morgan Gibbs-White was the latest buy to be scanned and bundled into Cooper’s groaning shopping trolley on Friday after completing his £25million move to the City Ground – which could rise to £42.5million with add-ons.
    Cooper has admitted that Henderson was not originally on the club’s wishlistCredit: Reuters
    The goalkeeper made a crucial penalty save during Nottingham Forest’s game against West Ham last weekCredit: Getty
    Yet the Prem’s busiest boss admits there was one glaring omission from his huge shopping list when he started this summer’s supermarket sweep.
    Dean Henderson’s name NEVER made the Welshman’s wanted list when he began compiling it with his recruitment team last season.
    Now the Manchester United loanee, 25, could have Forest’s fate in his gloves this season after saving Declan Rice’s penalty to earn Forest their first win last week.
    However, ahead of Saturday’s trip to Everton, Cooper confessed his No 1 would not have been in his top 50 targets when he drew up his original bumper blueprint.
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    Cooper said: “It’s wishful thinking to believe you live in an ideal world.
    Plan A rarely happens and sometimes you get little surprises when a player unexpectedly pops up out of nowhere.
    “Dean for example. We didn’t think last year that we would lose Brice Samba.
    “And we certainly didn’t think if Brice was to go that we’d replace him with Dean. But, when the opportunity arises, you deal with it.”

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    Henderson goes head-to-head with England rival Jordan Pickford at Goodison Park on Saturday, with one eye firmly on the World Cup.
    Cooper added: “He obviously played well last week and caught the eye and with him being a Manchester United player there are obviously more eyes on him.
    “But I don’t want him to be saving penalties and having to make world class saves every week!” More