Sat. May 21st, 2022

As many of you may already know, a Saudi takeover of Newcastle United is close to being agreed.

It has been said that approval from the Premier League could possibly come within the next 24 hours after a consortium showed that the Saudi state would not have control over the club.

Instead, the Public Investment Fund (PIF), which is to supply the majority of the economy (80%) in the deal, will be seen as separate from the state and therefore allow the takeover to pass the Premier League owners and directors’ test.

The move has undoubtedly sent shock waves into the rest of the Premier League, especially the top six clubs that may have a seventh name in the mix after this news.

As we saw with similarities like Manchester City, a big money takeover can really change a football club’s fortunes and steer them into battle for big trophies. This can happen with Newcastle.

Consequently, the other six best clubs will have another competitor and it will be quite difficult to surpass teams that have a serious wealth.

In the case of Manchester United, they also have plenty of money, but as we have seen in recent years, this has not resulted in success on the pitch and City have won the league titles too late. Therefore, the club must be wary of not getting behind other teams, as they have done with their noisy neighbors.

But is it all doom and gloom for United?

Well, at first it’s worrying, but there may be some positive things coming out of it for red followers.

So we’ve been looking at three ways Manchester United fans can benefit from the takeover of Newcastle United.

1. Clearing the dead wood

One of the most difficult problems Manchester United have faced in recent years has been to permanently discharge players. They simply can not.

United still have players like Juan Mata and Phil Jones still at the club, and no offense for them, but the squad is miles ahead of where they are in their careers.

You might be thinking “why would Newcastle have Mata or Jones?” That may be true, but there are definitely other players in the United locker room that the Magpies will be interested in.

Anthony Martial is the first player that comes to mind. He would be a valuable asset to them and maybe even shine as the club’s captain at the top or left.

Anthony Martial from Manchester United arrives ahead of the Premier League match between Manchester United and Everton at Old Trafford on October 2, 2021 in Manchester, England.
Martial would be a great opportunity for Newcastle (Photo by Ash Donelon / Manchester United via Getty Images)

Eric Bailly would be a valuable addition to Newcastle and would definitely strengthen their defense impeccably and add another dimension to the back of their backline.

If Jesse Lingard decided to move somewhere else, Newcastle could be a good option if they completely rejuvenate the entire football club. He wanted to be a key member of the team, but in his current form, Solskjær would be wise to keep him in the club.

You could even throw Donny van de Beek in there if he decides to move, which would be a shame.

But surely Newcastle would be interested in some of United’s wingers and could generate some more money for the club.

2. Would the glazes come closer to selling the club?

This is purely speculative, and although United generate a lot more money than Newcastle, there may be a possibility that this will force the Glazer family to sell all their shares.

Only recently did United announce the sale of an additional 8.5 million. Shares in the club for a total of DKK 137.12 million. Pound. Although only 8% of the club, Glazer’s official ownership now stands at 69%.

It will be interesting to see what they do with the fan shares that they have promised, because if they give about 20% of the shares to supporters, they will only control about half of the club. Could this be their way of closing the store? Who knows.

Manchester United's US President Avram Glazer (C) watches from his seat during the English Premier League football match between Manchester United and Newcastle at Old Trafford in Manchester, north-west England, on 11 September 2021.
The Glazer family may be tempted to sell the club with the takeover in Newcastle (Photo by OLI SCARFF / AFP via Getty Images)

The Glazer family may have a very hard time competing with the economies floating around in Newcastle, Manchester City and Chelsea, so may try to sell their entire ownership.

They also know they are not popular with United fans and if the club shows signs of falling against Newcastle, they could be forced to leave.

Keep an eye out for their latest moves because they can get interesting.

3. Potential buyers for Manchester United?

This is also a wild theory, but with such a big takeover in Newcastle that is smaller compared to United respectively, there may be someone out there who thinks “if they do well, I can do better with Manchester United.”

At the moment, United are in a better position than them and are more able to challenge a league title. So a rich owner or random billionaire may be tempted to invest heavily in the Old Trafford club.

There was a period when United supporters called on Britain’s richest man, Sir Jim Ratcliffe, to make an offer to the organization as he is a lifelong fan. But in 2019, he excluded himself from a move because he felt his club had ‘lost ground’.

He said The times: “They are in a pretty big pickle as a company. They have not got the manager choice right, have not bought well.

“They have been the stupid money you see with players like Fred. We will not look anywhere else until we have had a good race here [at Nice].

“We need to figure out how to be successful before you ever write a big check. It’s pretty hard. “

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He added: “United have spent an enormous amount since Ferguson left and been poor, to say the least. Shockingly poor, to be honest.

“We have a different approach here [at Nice] to be moderately intelligent around it. Try to do it more on the grass roots, and try to find young talents. ”

Since then, United have stabilized the ship and appear to be in a healthier position, but would he be tempted to save his childhood club if he saw them fall behind Newcastle?

Maybe especially since United’s current owners are not popular.

If Newcastle end up doing well and prove to be one of the other teams ‘getting it right’, like Man City and Liverpool, then it could force a buyer to try to take control of United.

Other people may see it as an opportunity to buy United and compete with rich owners. It will be hugely competitive.

How much influence will the acquisition of Newcastle have on United? Follow our United On My Mind writer Omar Garrick on Twitter to get involved in the discussion and give us your thoughts on the matter in the comments section below


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