Malcolm Glazer dead: Robin van Persie leads the Manchester United tributes
The former owner died aged 85 on Wednesday night
Thursday 29 May 2014
Robin van Persie is among those to offer their condolences to the family of Malcolm Glazer, after the controversial former owner of the club passed away on Wednesday night aged 85.
The Glazer family have been in control of United since he became owner in 2005, but his tenure with the Red Devils had been an uneasy one, with many United fans unhappy at the level of debt his takeover had put on the club, although the team have largely continued to prosper.
On Thursday morning, a message appeared on the Netherlands international Van Persie's official Twitter account which said: "My condolences go out to the Glazer family and friends."
Manchester United themselves wrote in a statement that "the thoughts of everyone" at United were with the Glazer family, to whom the staff extended "deep and sincere condolences".
His takeover was largely funded by loans secured against the club's assets, a move that took them heavily into debt and sat uneasily with many fans at Old Trafford
Sean Bones, the chairman of the Manchester United Supporters' Trust (MUST) said: "It would be inappropriate for me to make any comment about the death of Malcolm Glazer as I didn't know him or his family personally.
"However, as a supporter, I am aware of the detrimental effect the Glazers have had on the football club and the huge debt that has been placed on Manchester United."
He added: "I'd be surprised if there was a change (in ownership structure), short term. Malcolm Glazer wasn't a board member and his children are on the board, so I don't think that situation changes much."
The American businessman was also the owner of NFL team the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who won the Super Bowl in 2003.
Latest in Sport
Manchester United official team photo: Antonio Valencia and Anderson pull the funniest faces
Borussia Dortmund vs Arsenal: Five things we learnt, including Danny Welbeck must be more clinical and Hector Bellerin debut
Colombian women's cycling team kit that makes wearer appear naked is branded 'unacceptable' by UCI president
Liverpool 2 Ludogorets 1 player ratings
Luis Suarez has given Liverpool's opponents more hope, says former striker Michael Owen
- 1 Scottish independence: Ireland since 1919 is a lesson for Scotland in what a Yes vote means
- 2 Watch a man race the Circle line - and win
- 3 A bottle of wine a day is not bad for you and abstaining is worse than drinking, scientist claims
- 4 Grandmas keep accidentally tagging themselves as Grandmaster Flash on Facebook
Daniele Watts: Django Unchained actress detained by Los Angeles police after being mistaken for a prostitute
The political class is doing what Hitler couldn’t – destroying Britain
Scottish independence: Nationalist leader Jim Sillars threatens pro-union companies with 'day of reckoning' after independence
Scottish independence: Yes campaign feels the heat as Alex Salmond's NHS claims come under furious attack
Portuguese academic says British are 'filthy, violent and drunk'
£23m Birmingham cycle scheme is attacked by Tory councillor for not catering to the elderly