Joel Glazer has promised to provide Manchester United with “significant investment” in the summer transfer window after speaking at a fans’ forum event on Friday. United’s executive co-chairman made another attempt to try and appease supporters by committing to maintaining an open dialogue with fan groups.
Having been largely silent for 16 years, the Glazers have been forced to become a more visible presence in recent months following the collapse of the European Super League.
United fans have made their feelings heard since the controversial breakaway proposal fell flat on its face in April.
Supporters have held protests inside and outside Old Trafford, forcing the postponement of a Premier League fixture against Liverpool in opposition to the Glazers, who have run the club since 2005.
Fans have been frustrated by the perceived lack of investment in all areas of the club, the American family’s hands-off approach and the amount of debt they have run up.
Joel Glazer issued a grovelling apology in April in the midst of the Super League fallout and today attended a virtual meet-up with fans to discuss matters going forward.
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In it he agreed to the establishment of a fan advisory board and to maintain an open dialogue with the Manchester United Supporters Trust.
MUST are aiming to create a fan share scheme, which will create a new class of shares which will carry the same voting rights as the Glazer family.
Significantly, with the summer transfer window about to open on June 9 for 12 weeks, Joel Glazer made a promise to invest in the playing squad which finished second in the Premier League and lost the Europa League final to Villarreal.
“We want this club to always be successful and win trophies,” he said. “To compete for trophies requires significant investment.”
In a further statement emailed to fans, he 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.
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“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.”
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