Gary Neville reveals his expectations for new Man Utd owners
Manchester United legend Gary Neville has called for the club's future owners to lay out their plans via a 'manifesto'.
Current owners, the much-maligned Glazer family, released a statement on on Tuesday stating their intention to welcome new investment at Old Trafford, effectively putting the club up for sale and since then a number of suitors have been rumoured to have shown an interest in purchasing the club.
The Saudi state, Britain's richest man Sir Jim Ratcliffe and even Apple, are reported potential buyers, and speaking about Man Utd's options for new owners, Neville exclaimed that plan needs to be laid out for the club in the post-Glazer era.
"I think what Manchester United fans need to see is a manifesto from the new owners," Neville said to Sky Sports.
"Manchester United can't be handing over to an owner that basically screams against what the club stands for or what the club wants. So there are manifesto pledges that I think are really important - like the fan voice, the fan experience, and maybe even positions for fans on the board.
"But the sporting project needs to improve. What is it going to be? Are the new owners not going to take dividends? Are they going to make sure it's a debt-free football club and that they're re-investing? Maybe there's a new stadium that needs to be built or a new training ground."
He added: "These are pledges I can think of off the top of my head that are really important for anybody bidding for Manchester United. It's a manifesto that needs to be put forward so that the fans can understand.
"There are going to be many bids in the many billions and I think if the Glazers want to exit in the right way, it would be to sell it to a party that isn't only the highest bidder, but if they can get parties near the end to get to a figure they like, then it would be very nice for them to put something forward to the season-ticket holders.
"Because the reality of it is, if the Glazers want to do this right, they have to make sure the club is going to a party whereby the fans don't believe they're being lumped with another owner they don't like."