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Manchester United: Samuel Luckhurst responds to Jim Ratcliffe rumours

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The Glazers’ ownership of Manchester United would ‘feel untenable’ in ‘ordinary circumstances’, Samuel Luckhurst told the Manchester is Red podcast on Friday.

They were said to be ringleaders in the plot to take elite clubs out of UEFA competition and into the Super League.

On Thursday morning, a group of the club’s supporters gained access to the Carrington training ground in their protests against the owners.

Alternatives to the Glazers?

Luckhurst says any aspirations of fan ownership are a ‘pipe dream’ given the ‘sheer cost’ involved.

A more realistic option would be the sale of the club to Monaco-based billionaire Jim Ratcliffe, who grew up a United supporter.

But Luckhurst doesn’t see an immediate prospect of that happening.

“In ordinary circumstances, [the Glazers] ownership would feel untenable after a defeat like this,” he said.

“But it’s not just that easy when United are still worth a hell of a lot of money.

“Jim Ratcliffe is always a name that gets mentioned because of the sheer wealth of him.

“I think his United allegiance is always a little bit overplayed.

“As far as I understand it, he’s been more of a Chelsea man because he’s just mixed in those circles.”

United’s rivals also demanding change in Super League backlash

United fans have already committed to further protests before their meeting with arch-rivals Liverpool next weekend.

On Friday night, a section of the Arsenal faithful gathered outside the Emirates to demand an end to the Kroenke regime.

And there could also be a show of discontent with Fenway Sports Group at Anfield on Saturday lunchtime ahead of the Reds’ clash with Newcastle United.

It feels as if there may be no way back for these owners.

It remains to be seen what penalties, if any, the clubs involved in the Super League proposals will face.

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