Simon Jordan takes aim at Glazers for ‘diabolical football decisions’ at Manchester United and says financial results show they’re ‘paying £400m to slobs who aren’t performing’

    Ex-Crystal Palace chief Simon Jordan has slammed the Glazer family for their ‘diabolical’ football decisions as owners of Manchester United.

    Latest financial results show the club lost a hefty £116million due in part to mammoth wages paid to the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Raphael Varane.

    Wantaway forward Cristiano Ronaldo is Manchester United’s top earner

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    Wantaway forward Cristiano Ronaldo is Manchester United’s top earner

    On the upside, the return of fans to Old Trafford following the pandemic allowed the club to increase its revenue by 18 per cent.

    Despite an increase in revenue to £583m, Manchester United suffered a sharp net loss of more than £2m a week.

    The loss can be attributed to a rise in wages, which saw an increase of 19 per cent, meaning the club shelled out just shy of £400m in wages – a new Premier League record and an increase of £62m from the previous campaign.

    Former Eagles owner Jordan took aim at the Glazers and Manchester United’s underperforming stars, who have both found themselves under fire from the club’s fanbase.

    “I would suggest that when the optics are poor, and they are poor, when you’ve got a football team that doesn’t play very well on the pitch and isn’t performing very well economically then you’re going to have this situation,” Jordan told talkSPORT.

    “It gives the Glazer-hating fanbase – it doesn’t matter how much profit they make and it doesn’t matter how much success they have on the pitch by their own words – the Glazers are not for them.”

    Former Crystal Palace chairman Jordan says he’s disappointed by the Glazers’ football decisions

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    Former Crystal Palace chairman Jordan says he’s disappointed by the Glazers’ football decisions

    Jordan continued: “It doesn’t matter what the Glazers do now, because the Glazers bought a football club in a mechanism that doesn’t appeal to the Man United fanbase.

    “More than anything they didn’t achieve any success on the football pitch and didn’t use their own money.”

    Despite the reported losses, the Glazers paid themselves a reported £20m in dividends last season with the news likely to further deepen the anti-Glazer rhetoric.

    Jordan admits he doesn’t have an interest in whether the Glazers received the dividend or not, instead directing blame at the £400m paid out on player salaries.

    Much of Manchester United’s fan base want to see the back of the Glazer’s ownership of the club

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    Much of Manchester United’s fan base want to see the back of the Glazer’s ownership of the club

    Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag is working hard to turn around the clubs fortunes on the pitch

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    Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag is working hard to turn around the clubs fortunes on the pitch

    He added: “Let’s have it right, £20m in dividends, I don’t care whether they get it or they don’t because I don’t have any vested interest in Man United but what about the £400m that those slobs on the pitch are getting paid to achieve the outcomes that they’re producing?

    “Why isn’t the narrative about the £400m they’re paying to players that clearly aren’t performing?

    “What I would have support with the Man United Supporters Trust on is not the five percent of revenues that go out in dividends, it’s the diabolical football decision the Glazers have made.”

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