Wednesday, January 13

United in the news

Glazer family takes £20m in fees and loans from Manchester United (Owen Gibson, The Guardian)

United's owners, who loaded the club with more than £700m in borrowings to fund their purchase, have taken £10m out of the club in "management and administration fees" and have personally borrowed a further £10m in the past year, it has emerged.

How the Glazer family have milked debt-ridden United for millions (David Conn, The Guardian)

It is, quite simply, impossible to sustain the argument, to intelligent supporters stumping up their hard-earned cash for tickets at ever-increasing prices, that the £700m borrowings the Glazers have imposed, and £67m of interest payable last year, is having no impact.

United in so much debt even Ocean Finance wouldn't touch them (Daily Telegraph)

They have a plan – but it sounds about as persuasive as a daytime TV advert for debt consolidation.

The risk business: Manchester United reveal their worst nightmares (Oliver Kay, The Times)

The deepest, darkest fears of Manchester United’s owners have been laid bare in a 322-page document circulated among potential investors in their proposed £500 million bond issue.

United in £5.3m tax row (Rob Beasley, The Sun)

The tax office argue the image-right payments are taxable but the club dispute this, so the matter is heading for the courts.

So will Rooney be next to go? (Neil Custis, The Sun)

Only Rooney could get anywhere near the amount Ronaldo brought in and already Barcelona and Real Madrid are weighing up £70m swoops.

Fletcher hits back at Mark Clattenburg (David McDonnell, The Mirror)

"Saturday was disappointing because I was constantly being fouled," said Fletcher. "When I said something the ref said to me 'it's a man's game'.

AC Milan likely to beat Chelsea to Edin Dzeko but Blues keen on Fellaini (Daily Mail)

Dzeko, who also interested Manchester United, Manchester City and Arsenal, has made no secret of his love for Milan and his agent, Silvano Martina, claims they are favourites.

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