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.
Malcolm Glazer dies aged 85
Malcolm Glazer dies aged 85
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Then new Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Tony Dungy (L) poses with team owner Malcolm Glazer during a press conference in Tampa 22 January, 1996.
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Malcolm Glazer celebrates the Bucs' 48-21 victory over the Oakland Raiders in Super Bowl XXXVII in San Diego, in 2003.
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Glazer's Tampa Bay Buccaneers won the Superbowl in 2003
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Then head Coach Jon Gruden of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers rides with team Malcolm Glazer during a victory parade on January 28, 2003 in Tampa, Florida. The Buccaneers defeated the Oakland Raiders 48-21 in Super Bowl XXXVII.
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Pictured in 2005, Tampa Bay Buccaneers owner Malcolm Glazer, left, and his New York Jets counterpart Robert Woody Johnson smile as they hold a football together during a press conference at Tokyo Dome hotel in Tokyo.
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Malcolm Glazer before Tampa Bay Buccaneers play against the Chicago Bears November 27, 2005 in Tampa. The Bears defeated the Bucs 13 - 10.
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Pictured in 2005, Malcolm Glazer smiles at the announcement of Tampa Bay being awarded the 2009 Super Bowl, during the NFL's Spring Meetings at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Washington.
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Supporters hold posters opposing Manchester United's US owner Malcolm Glazer before the English Premier League football match between Manchester United and Stoke City at Old Trafford in Manchester, north-west England on May 9, 2010.
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9/10 Malcolm Glazer
An Arsenal fan taunts Manchester United fans by wearing a Malcollm Glazer mask and carrying US flags before the FA Cup Final between Manchester United and Arsenal in Cardiff's Millennium Stadium in Wales, 21 May, 2005.
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10/10 Malcolm Glazer
Joel Glazer (second right), Avram Glazer (right) and Bryan Glazer (left) and members of the board of directors talk with club director Sir Bobby Charlton at Old Trafford on June 30 2005 in Manchester, England, when their father Malcolm Glazer bought the club. His sons are much more involved in the running of Manchester United.
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"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.
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