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MANCHESTER UNITED could be SOLD by the Glazer family, the club have confirmed.

The Glazer family said: “The strength of Manchester United rests on the passion and loyalty of our global community of 1.1 billion fans and followers.

"As we seek to continue building on the Club’s history of success, the Board has authorized a thorough evaluation of strategic alternatives.

"We will evaluate all options to ensure that we best serve our fans and that Manchester United maximizes the significant growth opportunities available to the Club today and in the future."

And as a result, the club's stock market value has shot up by an incredible £336million with share prices up by 17 per cent.

Meanwhile, Cristiano Ronaldo is NO longer a Manchester United player.

The Old Trafford legend's association with the club where he made his reputation and returned as a hero has reached a sorry conclusion.

Ronaldo, 37, had no chance of a return after his earth-shattering interview with Piers on TalkTV, which was revealed via SunSport first.

A United statement read: "Cristiano Ronaldo is to leave Manchester United by mutual agreement, with immediate effect.

"The club thanks him for his immense contribution across two spells at Old Trafford, scoring 145 goals in 346 appearances, and wishes him and his family well for the future."

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  • Nyle Smith

    Cristiano Ronaldo interview

    Stay tuned to our live blog as Cristiano Ronaldo is set to have his FIRST interview since he was sacked.

    And if it's anything similar to the Portuguese icon's one with Piers Morgan, they will be fireworks.

    You won't want to miss it.

  • Chisanga Malata

    Morning, United fans

    One legend gone, one owner to go?

    After announcing Cristiano Ronaldo's departure, United confirmed the equally-spectacular development that the Glazers might sell up.

    Ronaldo, 37, had his contract terminated by mutual consent.

    That means he goes without the £11.5million wages for the remaining seven months of his deal.

    Chelsea are narrow favourites ahead of old club Sporting Lisbon to sign the Portugal hero after the World Cup.

    United thanked Ron for his "immense contribution" over his two spells and he insisted he still "loves" the club.

    But former Old Trafford superstars Wayne Rooney and Rio Ferdinand rated the departure inevitable after he claimed United "betrayed" him during his blunt TalkTV interview with Sun columnist Piers Morgan.

    Meanwhile, United and the Glazers both confirmed all options are being assessed to boost the club's "growth" – including new investment or a total buy-out

    Transfer-wise, the Red Devils are said to be favourites ahead of Liverpool to sign Holland winger Cody Gakpo.

    The PSV hero, 23, could cost at least £43m.

    That's at least half the sum Jude Bellingham might fetch in the unlikely event United win the race for the England midfielder.

  • Ian Tuckey

    Lions could meet Wags after USA clash

    England players could meet their families after Friday’s United States match – but it depends on Covid rates in Qatar.

    Manager Gareth Southgate is hoping that the 26-man squad could have a proper catch-up with their partners, children and parents after arriving in Doha eight days ago.

    Some players, such as Jack Grealish, saw their girlfriends on the pitch after the final whistle of their amazing 6-2 win over Iran.

    Southgate insists – providing Covid rates remain low – they will be allowed at the team hotel.

    During the women’s Euros, England’s players were forced to remain in a bubble due to Covid.

    Southgate said: “I think towards the end, the women’s team had to batten that down a bit more because they had a few positive cases so we're going to have to monitor it throughout.

    “There's this balance of the spirit and happiness of the group and the medical line of zero risk, and sometimes if you're going to take zero risks, it can kill it for everybody, so we've got to try and find that balance.

    “We're going to see how the next few days go and we've talked about maybe looking at something after the second game but we've got to monitor what the rates are out here as much as anything else.”

  • Ian Tuckey

    Kompany turfs out Ron

    Burnley manager Vincent Kompany hilariously rejected Cristiano Ronaldo live on the BBC by suggesting he can no longer run.

    Manchester United confirmed they had terminated the Portuguese superstar's contract with "immediate effect" on Tuesday evening.

    Burnley boss Vincent Kompany brutally REJECTS Cristiano Ronaldo transfer live on BBC after Man Utd axing

    And he is now in search of a new club as he becomes a free agent for the first time in his career.

    Presenter Gary Lineker brought up the topic of Ronaldo during the BBC's coverage of the World Cup game between France and Australia.

    All the pundits had their say, with Kompany giving his thoughts after Alan Shearer and Didier Drogba.

    He said: "I think in the end everybody loses apart from perhaps the Manchester United manager. I think it's a problem that's resolved and he'll move on from it, I'm sure."

    But the major talking point came when Lineker then cheekily asked him: "Take him at Burnley?"

    To which the former Manchester City skipper bluntly replied: "We need players who can run." Lineker,Shearer and Drogba were left in fits of laughter following the dig.

  • Ian Tuckey

    Stat’s not impressive for Ron

    Cristiano Ronaldo’s outspoken interview with Piers Morgan was the final straw for his United exit.

    But his match stats this season – his second back at Old Trafford – also told a sorry tale.

    Of course, he also paid for manager Erik ten Hag’s apparent loss of faith in the 37-year-old.

    But one goal and no assists in ten matches make for far from iconic figures.

  • Ian Tuckey

    Forget Jude diligence at work!

    Joker Jude Bellingham urged fans to bunk off to watch England’s march to World Cup glory.

    The Manchester United target, 19, scored in a stunning midfield display during the 6-2 demolition of Iran on Monday.

    Millions bunked off work and school to watch the game in Qatar, which kicked off at 1pm UK time.

    Jude was shown a clip of fans in a beer-chucking frenzy at London’s Box Park as his header went in.

    The Stourbridge-born Borussia Dortmund star asked: “It would have been one o’clock there? Half one?”

    He joked: “Sack it! Don’t go to work when we’re playing!

    “This is what you love seeing really. This is why we play, especially when so far away from home.”

  • Ian Tuckey

    Spanish football chief 'made De Gea snub worse'

    David de Gea's snub from the Spanish World Cup squad was made worse by a shock phone call from the country's football chiefs.

    The keeper is one of the few Manchester United stars absent from the World Cup.

    It was claimed De Gea knew months ago he would not be in Luis Enrique’s plans but still hoped to win a recall at some stage in the future.

    But now it's claimed a Spanish football Federation boss called him – to say he was "glad" the 32-year-old had retired from international football.

    Spanish journalist Jose Alvarez said: “After De Gea was told he wouldn’t be called up to the Spain squad, he received a message from the president of the Federation, who said: 'David, I am glad that you have finally made the decision you have been thinking about'."

    De Gea reportedly replied: ‘Sorry? There is no renunciation of anything, who has told you that I renounce anything?

    "The coach has told me that he is not going to count on me. but I have never renounced the national team, nor do I intend to do so, that is if I am called up.”

  • Ian Tuckey

    United plan review of club future

    Club chiefs have launched a review into the club's future.

    But they've suggested they won't keep fans informed of the progress – unless or until deals have been struck.

    United said on their website: "There can be no assurance that the review being undertaken will result in any transaction involving the Company. 

    "Manchester United does not intend to make further announcements regarding the review unless and until the Board has approved a specific transaction or other course of action requiring a formal announcement."

  • Ian Tuckey

    Glazers issue statement

    Executive Co-Chairmen and Directors Avram Glazer and Joel Glazer have spoken out after United admitted the club could be sold.

    The duo told the club website: “The strength of Manchester United rests on the passion and loyalty of our global community of 1.1 billion fans and followers.

    "As we seek to continue building on the Club’s history of success, the Board has authorized a thorough evaluation of strategic alternatives.

    "We will evaluate all options to ensure that we best serve our fans and that Manchester United maximizes the significant growth opportunities available to the Club today and in the future.

    "Throughout this process we will remain fully focused on serving the best interests of our fans, shareholders, and various stakeholders.”

  • Ian Tuckey

    Red Devils confirm looking at 'all' sale options

    United have confirmed that the club is looking at all options to boost financial growth – including owners the Glazers selling up.

    Here's the club statement in full:

    "The Company’s Board of Directors (the “Board”) is commencing a process to explore strategic alternatives for the club.

    "The process is designed to enhance the club's future growth, with the ultimate goal of positioning the club to capitalize on opportunities both on the pitch and commercially.  

    "As part of this process, the Board will consider all strategic alternatives, including new investment into the club, a sale, or other transactions involving the Company. "

  • Ian Tuckey

    Scholes posts blunt Ron message

    Paul Scholes has been far less forgiving over Cristiano Ronaldo's exit from Manchester United than fellow legends Rio Ferdinand and Wayne Rooney.

    Ferdinand reckoned it was best for both parties and, while Rooney believed it was inevitable, he described Portugal striker Ronaldo as a "fantastic servant".

    But in contrast to his fellow England legends, Scholes posted on Instagram: "Mission accomplished… a**ed!"

  • Ian Tuckey

    You can Cris goodbye to £11.5m pay-off

    Cristiano Ronaldo has missed out on a huge £11.5MILLION after his Manchester United contract was terminated without a pay-off.

    The Red Devils confirmed on Tuesday evening that the Portuguese superstar's deal with the club had ended "with immediate effect".

    But prior to the decision, United chiefs took legal advice in an attempt to avoid having to hand Ronaldo any form of pay-off.

    They were keen to get rid of his £360,000-a-week contract without compensation.

    And, according to The Telegraph, they have now done just that.

    The report states that United "wanted a swift, clean resolution" which they have achieved.

  • Ian Tuckey

    Utd 'lead race for Gakpo'

    Manchester United are leading the transfer race for PSV Eindhoven star Cody Gakpo, reports suggest.

    Gakpo, 23, has enjoyed a stunning start at the 2022 World Cup by leading the Netherlands to a 2-0 victory over Senegal on Monday as he was the one that opened the scoring in Qatar.

    The winger keeps raising his stock while under the watchful eye of several Premier League clubs, such as United, Liverpool, Arsenal, Leeds, Southampton and West Ham.

    According to CalcioMercato, however, the Red Devils are "above all" else in the ongoing bidding war for the Netherlands international.

    The same report suggests the Manchester giants have "taken more information" than their fellow suitors.

    That means United could land the forward as early as the January transfer window.

    Gakpo would cost a minimum of €50million (£43m) to move after he returns from the World Cup.

    United may soon look for an attacker to replace club legend Cristiano Ronaldo.

    The Red Devils terminated Ronaldo's contract via mutual agreement after the five-time Ballon d'Or winner's bombshell interview with SunSport columnist Piers Morgan.

    And Gakpo could be a perfect successor as he has stood out this season with PSV in both the Eredivisie and the Europa League.

  • Ian Tuckey

    Sou cannot be serious

    Roy Keane and Graeme Souness had an angry verbal bust-up during ITV’s half-time coverage of Saudi Arabia's shock 2-1 comeback win over Argentina.

    The Copa America champions and 36-game unbeaten Argentina were awarded a penalty after Leandro Paredes was wrestled to the ground.

    Liverpool great Souness says the Saudi player had no interest in where the ball was – only the whereabouts of the player he was tracking.

    Souness said the call is not down to “opinion” but “fact”, which prompted Keane to respond saying: “Well I’m here to give my opinion – that’s not a penalty.”

    Fans loved the interaction that got increasingly heated as they shouted over each other, one said: “Just watched Graeme Souness and Roy Keane almost kick [the] f*** out each other live on air. And it’s not even lunchtime.”

  • Ian Tuckey

    Rooney hails 'fantastic servant' Cristiano

    Wayne Rooney reckons the departure of fellow Old Trafford legend Cristiano Ronaldo from Manchester United was inevitable.

    The Portug hero exits for a second time after the Red Devils ripped up his contract this afternoon.

    Ronaldo blasted United in a bombshell interview with Piers Morgan last week, leading to tonight's decision by the club.

    But Ronnie also took aim at Rooney following previous comments made by the Englishman over his conduct, claiming Wazza was JEALOUS of his longevity and LOOKS.

    Rooney has now had his say over Ronaldo's United departure.

    The ex-England captain reckons the announcement was inevitable following Ronnie's talks with Piers.

    But rather than blasting Ronaldo again, Rooney instead called him a "fantastic servant" to United before wishing him the best.

    Speaking on live TV with Sports 18, Roo said: "Am I surprised? No.

    "There was no other choice but that's a shame because he's been a fantastic servant to the club. I wish him the best wherever he goes."

  • Ian Tuckey

    Glazers set to 'announce potential auction of Utd'

    The Glazers could finally be willing to end their 17-year ownership of Manchester United – following sustained pressure from fans.

    Sky News claim the Americans are set to "formally announce" they are ready to look at outside investment that could include putting the club up for sale.

    It's claimed the Glazers are consulting on a process that is " likely to include a full or partial sale, or strategic partnership with third parties".

    Fans have long protested over the Glazers, insisting United's decline on the pitch is partly down to poor ownership off it.

  • Ian Tuckey

    Ron's hint over next club

    Cristiano Ronaldo appeared to drop a hint about his next club during his Piers Morgan interview, writes DYLAN TERRY.

    The 37-year-old's Manchester United contract was ripped up on Tuesday as the club confirmed his deal had been terminated by "mutual consent".

    He is now a free agent heading into the January transfer window, but it is unclear where he will end up.

    However, Ronaldo appeared to rule out a return to Sporting Lisbon or transfer to Napoli during his sit-down with Morgan last week.

    He initially claimed he had turned down £3MILLION PER WEEK to join a team in Saudi Arabia.

    And, speaking about his future, he then said: "You go [to] the clubs. But Jorge Mendes for example, has more than 100 players and they go Chelsea, they go Arsenal, they always mention Cristiano Ronaldo, they offer Cristiano. 

    "Piers, let's be honest, who is the most expensive player, salary player, that Premier League had in history? It's me, even with 37 years old. Why they're gonna…even… they even offer me to Sporting or Napoli?

    "I will be honest with you, I didn't have many, many clubs. But I have many, many offers of other clubs. I didn't change because I didn't plan to do it. "

  • Ian Tuckey

    Rio: Parting good for Ron AND Red Devils

    Rio Ferdinand has suggested that Manchester United and Cristiano Ronaldo will be happy to have parted ways.

    The Portuguese star has had his contract terminated by mutual consent following his explosive interview with Piers Morgan.

    Ferdinand, who played with Ronaldo during his time with the Red Devils, was covering the World Cup when he found out about the news.

    He said on BBC: “I think both parties will be delighted now. He has obviously done that interview with the mindset that he wanted to get out of the club.

    “He wasn’t happy and made it very clear.

    “Erik ten Hag has got what he wanted as well in this situation.

    “So both parties are happy, so move on and the next chapter for Cristiano Ronaldo.”

  • Ian Tuckey

    'Glazers to sell Utd'

    Controversial owners the Glazers are reportedly ready to sell Manchester United.

    First Ronaldo, now this!

    Full story to follow…

  • Ian Tuckey

    Piers: Gunners must sign Ron

    Piers Morgan has urged Arsenal to sign Cristiano Ronaldo after he was axed by Manchester United.

    The Red Devils announced that the Portuguese star will leave the club with immediate effect after his damning interview with Morgan.

    During the TalkTV interview, Ronaldo slammed the club for not progressing since he originally left the club for Real Madrid in 2009.

    The 37-year-old also revealed that he did not respect manager Erik ten Hag.

    Ronaldo's play time had been cut dramatically this season as the dutch manager changed the club's play style, despite him being the club's top scorer last season.

    He also suggested the club did not believe him regarding his daughter's ill health over the summer.

  • Ian Tuckey

    Time waits for no Man U

    Fansare convinced Cristiano Ronaldo has taken one final swipe at Manchester United, writes ANTHONY CHAPMAN.

    That’s by showing off a new £124,000 luxury watch design depicting the famous header he scored AGAINST the Red Devils while playing for Real Madrid.

    The timing couldn’t be worse, with United ripping up Ronaldo’s contract as the watch was released.

    And all eyes are now aimed at Portugal’s World Cup camp on the eve of their group stage opener against Ghana.

    Ronaldo, 37, left club chiefs stunned when he blasted the Red Devils in an explosive interview with Piers Morgan last week.

    SunSport revealed United had decided to terminate Ronnie’s deal as a result of his bombshell talks.

    And the news was confirmed in a blunt statement at 5.30pm on Wednesday, with United bidding farewell to one of their greatest players for a second time.

    However, it appears Ronaldo has aimed one final swipe at Old Trafford.

    Around the same time, Ronnie has released a brand new watch in collaboration with Jacob & Co.

    The luxury timepiece is bedecked with jewels while also boasting sapphire crystals and gold print.

  • Ian Tuckey

    Right time but Ron-g ending

    COMMENT: It was never supposed to end like this. A player so loved by Manchester United fans, now with his reputation tainted, writes NEIL CUSTIS.

    Not with everyone.

    Some will claim that his outspoken interview touched at the heart of what has been wrong with the club.

    Equally they will never forget a contribution, forget that, much more than just a contribution, to some of the greatest days the club has ever had.

    A record of 145 goals in 346 games with a cabinet including three Premier Leagues and a Champions League puts you down in legend.

    And he was, he is, which makes it all the more sad that at the start of this, his last World Cup at 37-years-old his effective sacking by Manchester United is announced.

    They could not have done anything else.His outspoken interview on TalkTV slaughtering the club from top to bottom had to be acted on.

    United checked legally they could get rid, and the green light was given. Thank you and adeus.

    The core of the problem was that the Ronaldo and the club that parted ways in 2009 and the Ronaldo and club that got back together again were very different, on both sides.

    Ronaldo was still a force, of sorts, 24 goals last season proved that, but not the same force.

  • Ian Tuckey

    More Ron odds…

    Chelsea and old club Sporting Lisbon seem clear favourites to land Manchester United's ousted icon Cristiano Ronaldo.

    And in Ladbrokes' odds PSG are 12-1 to link him with fellow GOAT Lionel Messi Newcastle are 25-1- underlining their new spending power.

    Ladbrokes' Alex Apati said: "Clubs won't exactly be queueing up for a Piers of Ronaldo after his latest interview.

    "But the early signs suggest he'll still be playing Premier League football this season, with Chelsea currently leading the way for his signature."

    Ladbrokes odds: Chelsea – 2/1, Sporting Lisbon – 3/1, any MLS Club – 7/1, Bayern Munich – 8/1, PSG – 12/1, Napoli, Roma – 14/1, Newcastle – 25/1, Man City – 50/1.

  • Ian Tuckey

    'Ron exit avoids 'potential embarrassment'

    Manchester United could have terminated Cristiano Ronaldo's contract for "gross misconduct" so his departure by mutual consent avoids "embarrassment"and is "no surprise" – according to a legal expert.

    Simon Leaf, Head of Sport at Mishcon de Reya says Ronaldo's astonishing interview with Sun columnist Piers Morgan on TalkTV, including alleging that United "betrayed" him, left him open for action.

    Leaf said: "Given the explosive nature of the allegations made against Manchester United, its Directors and Owners by Ronaldo, and equally, the clear breach of contract by Ronaldo that would have potentially entitled Manchester United to terminate Ronaldo's contract for 'gross misconduct', this announcement comes as no surprise to anyone. 

    "From a legal perspective, these kind of early termination arrangements have become increasingly popular in recent years with a number of high-profile players leaving clubs in this way.

    "In this case, it avoids the need for a protracted and potentially embarrassing appeal process that may have been triggered had United terminated the contract for breach.

    "The key question will be whether the club has agreed to pay Ronaldo an early termination fee in return for him agreeing to depart early and, in return, whether Ronaldo has agreed to cease making any further damaging claims about his time at the club. 

    "Ronaldo will now be free to sign for another club.  Given that there will be no transfer fee payable to Manchester United, he will likely be able to command a premium when it comes to his salary demands. Given his commercial appeal, there will be no shortage of interested clubs."

  • Ian Tuckey

    'No pay-off for Ronaldo'

    Cristiano Ronaldo will NOT get a pay-off for the remaining seven months of his Manchester United contract, it appears.

    That means Ron, 37, losing about £11.5MILLION in wages.

    United cancelled his contract by mutual consent – with immediate effect.

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