Manchester United fans have been reacting to the news that Liverpool owners Fenway Sports Group turned down a £2billion takeover bid from Sheikh Mansour’s cousin.
And it seems many of them are a little frustrated that it wasn’t their club that received the eye-watering offer from Sheik Khaled Bin Zayed Al Nehayan.
The Sheik is part of the Abu Dhabi ruling family and cousin of Manchester City owner Sheik Mansour. The takeover would have been the most expensive in the history of football and was a joint venture between Sheik Khaled and a minority stake Chinese partner.
Liverpool chairman Tom Werner met with Midhat Kidwai, the managing director of Sheik Khaled’s conglomerate of companies, in New York.
FSG admit there was interest but the significance of discussions has been played down by Liverpool’s parent company, that talks ended in January and insist that there is no interest in selling the Champions League finalists.
A statement from FSG on the subject has declared: "FSG have been clear and consistent: the club is not for sale.
"But what the ownership has said, again clearly and consistently, is that under the right terms and conditions we would consider taking on a minority investor, if such a partnership was to further our commercial interests in specific market places and in line with the continued development and growth of the club and the team."
Manchester United fans are currently frustrated with their current financial situation.
Earlier this year executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward announced: "Playing performance doesn’t really have a meaningful impact on what we can do on the commercial side of the business."
In other words, as long as United secure Champions League football they can preserve their lucrative revenue streams – they do not need to win the title.
A section of the Red Devils fanbase is preparing a ‘Love United Hate Glazers’ aeroplane banner protest for the upcoming away trip to Burnley.
Fans on Twitter meanwhile have been responding to the news coming out of Liverpool.
One wrote: "If he’s got a extra couple of billion we’d be grateful if he can takeover Man United so we can finally get rid of the Glazers."
Another added: "Wish he’d take United off the Glazers hands," while a third said: "What are they thinking. They should come and buy Man United."
And a fourth concluded with a question: "Can you just buy my beloved Man United?"
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