Joel Glazer announces new Man United Fan Advisory Board and vows to invest in summer transfer market amid links to Harry Kane, Jadon Sancho and Erling Haaland
Joel Glazer have confirmed Manchester United have created a Fan Advisory Board ‘to ensure the fans’ perspective is embedded within the club’s decision-making processes.’
In what will be a huge boost to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as well, the American has confirmed funds will be made available for the transfer market and Old Trafford and the academy will receive significant investment.
United also said they had initiated a ‘direct dialogue with MUST (Manchester United Supporters Trust) with the aim of identifying a mutually beneficial Fan Share Scheme.’
The announcement came after United co-chairman Glazer attended his first fans’ forum on Friday.
Glazer said in a statement on United’s official website: “I was pleased to join the fans’ forum to listen to the views of supporters, address their questions, and share ideas on how we can improve the way we work together.
“As owners, we want exactly the same thing as the fans – a successful team and a strong club – and we want to work in partnership to achieve those objectives.
“Fans are the lifeblood of Manchester United and I am personally committed to ensuring that they are given an enhanced voice, through the creation of a Fan Advisory Board and a Fan Share Scheme.
“The club has been in discussions with MUST regarding a fan share scheme for a number of months and has already sought external legal advice on options. Discussions will now intensify, with the aim of agreeing a plan before the start of the new season.”
United finished second in the Premier League behind rivals Manchester City, while they were defeated by Villarreal on penalties in the final of the Europa League.
Despite speculation about Solskjaer’s future, the club continue to be linked with the likes of Jadon Sancho, Erling Haaland and even Kieran Trippier linked with moves to the Theatre of Dreams.
With the relationship between fans and the board hitting an all-time low before the Premier League game against Liverpool after supporters stormed the pitch, Glazer could well be forced to splash the cash in order to appease supporters after the attempted move into the European Super League.
Glazer added: “Our goal is to win every competition we compete in, and we will continue to invest in our Academy and in the transfer market to support the manager in an effort to meet the club’s goals.
“As a club we have devoted a lot of time and resources over the last several years updating and further developing our vast global scouting network to adapt to the modern football environment. This is a project that should provide a foundation for long-term success in the years to come.
“In addition, as you all know, we have also been focused on growing and developing our women’s team in line with the traditions and values of the club, and we are committed to continuing that process.
“Old Trafford is at the heart of Manchester United and while we have spent over £100m over the last 10 years on infrastructure projects, we will now accelerate the process of planning much more significant investment and upgrades to the stadium…rest assured, we will consult with supporters throughout the process to end up with a result we can all be proud of.
“The same goes for our training ground. Preliminary planning work is already under way and there will be significant funding available to further enhance our facilities and ensure they remain world class.”