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MANCHESTER UNITED owner Avram Glazer has broken his silence on Cristiano Ronaldo's abrupt contract termination.
Glazer said: "The board went through a process and decided to explore different strategical options for Manchester United"
However, Avram refused to answer on his reasoning for putting the club up for sale.
Meanwhile, Red Devils legend David Beckham is reportedly open to holding talks with bidders about taking over at Manchester United.
And it's been said that Sir Jim Ratcliffe, Britain's richest man, is also set to BID for the Manchester giants.
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Prem trio ‘to fight for Rabiot’
Adrien Rabiot could finally complete a transfer to the Premier League despite his summer move to Manchester United collapsing, according to reports.
The Frenchman was close to sealing a move to Old Trafford over the summer but saw the £15million deal fall through.
However, following a strong performance against Australia at the World Cup, including a goal, Rabiot has returned to the radar of a number of top Premier League outfits.
Calciomercato report the midfielder is being monitored by London trio ArsenalChelsea and Tottenham.
Rabiot, 27, wants a contract worth £8.6m per net – a figure the three are all prepared to offer.
Pickford backs Maguire
England goalkeeper Jordan Pickford has called for Harry Maguire to be shown more respect.
Maguire has come under fire for his performances in a Manchester United shirt, but always turns up for England.
Pickford said on Maguire: "Part of being a footballer is being criticised, as everyone gets criticised in football, but of course he needs to be respected a lot more.
"But Harry is mentally strong and takes it really well. I think it’s a bit unfair but his performances on the pitch show why he has so many caps for England and is captain of Man Utd.”
Beckham 'open' to United takeover
David Beckham is reportedly open to talks with bidders about taking over at Manchester United.
The Glazers confirmed on Tuesday that they are willing to sell the club.
Britain's richest man Sir Jim Ratcliffe has already emerged as a potential suitor to purchase the Red Devils.
And according to the Financial Times, those hoping to secure a takeover could bring Beckham on board to ensure they clinch a deal.
Ronaldo mega-money transfer
Cristiano Ronaldo is set to receive another big-money offer to go and play in Saudi Arabia, according to reports.
The Portuguese forward is a free agent after having his Manchester United contract terminated on Tuesday.
Ronaldo, 37, turned down a two-year deal worth a staggering £211million from Saudi side Al-Hilal last summer.
At the time he decided that he wasn't done with European football just yet.
But following his acrimonious Old Trafford departure, A Saudi Pro League side is set to try again for his signature.
According to the Telegraph, the Middle Eastern country want to use Ronaldo as the face of their bid for the 2030 World Cup.
Sancho trains alone
Jadon Sancho has been training in the Netherlands after being left out of England's World Cup squad.
The winger's Three Lions team-mates have been basking in the Doha sun and the glory of their 6-2 win over Iran while Sancho was training alone.
Sancho made three appearances at Euro 2020 but has played just once for England since – against Andorra in September 2021.
His form for Manchester United has been below par with just eight goals and four assists in 52 games since he arrived at Old Trafford last year.
That led Southgate to pick Bukayo Saka, Phil Foden and Raheem Sterling ahead of the 22-year-old.
And it appears Sancho is eager to bounce back, using the World Cup break as an opportunity to improve his game.
Avram Glazer radio silence on sale
Manchester United owner Avram Glazer refused to answer when asked why he decided to sell the club.
The Glazer family put the club up for sale on Tuesday after years of backlash from fans and protests against their ownership.
But the American refused to reveal the motivation behind putting the club on the market.
He told Sky: “The board went through a process and decided to explore different strategical options for Manchester United.”
Earlier this week a statement from the family outlined their desire to "explore strategic alternatives for the club".
Good Morning Manchester United fans
Speculation continues to gather pace on who could launch a bid to take control of the club. 
The Glazer family announced earlier this week that they would "explore strategic alternatives" for the club and United fans are now hoping that the controversial American family will sell up. 
It was revealed last night that David Beckham was open to being part of a bid to take over the club. 
British billionaire Jim Ratcliffe, who has already shown interest in the club, is reportedly getting ready to make a move. 
Other rich money-men like Elon Musk have also been linked with a move for United. 
Meanwhile, Cristiano Ronaldo is gearing up for his first World Cup game in Qatar as Portugal prepare to face Ghana later today.
It's been far from a quiet week off the pitch for the 37-year-old who mutually agreed to tear up his contract on Tuesday. 
The agreement came after Ronaldo gave an explosive interview to Piers Morgan where he lashed out at the club and how it was run. 
He has been linked with moves to the likes of Sporting Lisbon and Newcastle. 
The former Real Madrid man has also been slapped with a two game ban and a £60,000 punishment by the FA.
This was after Ronaldo knocked a phone out of a fan's hand back in April. 
'Far from done'
David Seaman has urged Arsenal to sign Cristiano Ronaldo on a free transfer.
The former keeper is insisting the 37-year-old is “far from done” following his Manchester United exit.
Ronaldo was axed by the Red Devils on Tuesday following his bombshell interview with Piers Morgan.
The Portugal legend is now without a club for the first time in his professional career.
But Ronaldo is now free to sign for a new side without strings attached when the January transfer window opens.
Seaman told TalkTV: “Ronaldo is far from done and he would be perfect for Arsenal.
“I would applaud him because he’s obviously talking the truth. 
“A lot of the stuff he came out with, is not stuff we haven’t heard.
“We have heard a lot of other experienced players moaning and criticising Man United for the way the ground is and the training…
“That shocked me and that shouldn’t be happening."
What the Beck?
David Beckham is reportedly open to talks with bidders about taking over at Manchester United.
Current bosses the Glazers confirmed on Tuesday that they are open to selling the club.
Britain's richest man Sir Jim Ratcliffe has already emerged as a potential suitor to purchase the Red Devils.
And according to the Financial Times, those hoping to secure a takeover could bring Beckham on board to ensure they clinch a deal.
Read the full breaking story here.
Cliffe Edge
Jim Ratcliffe "will bid" for Manchester United after the Glazers announced they were open to selling the club, according to reports.
The American owners said they were "exploring strategic alternatives", lighting the touch paper for the sale of one of the world's biggest clubs.
Ratcliffe is a boyhood United fan and has previously shown interest in purchasing the club.
He was also involved in the fight to buy Chelsea from Roman Abramovich earlier this year.
The Telegraph report the British billionaire is preparing to make a move.
Every Penny Helps
Manchester United will save £15.5m in wages after mutually agreeing to rip up Cristiano Ronaldo's contract.
The 37-year-old's chaotic second-spell at the club came to an end yesterday when the Red Devils announced the two parties had agreed to bring things to an end.
The relationship between Ronaldo and the club had been strained for months but it then boiled over when the star gave an interview to Piers Morgan where he slammed the club.
The decision to part ways means United will save £15.5m in wages.
Meanwhile the man behind the interview, Talk TV's Morgan, continues to call for Arsenal to sign the former Real Madrid forward.
Prime Time
Manchester United could be bought by Facebook, Amazon or Dubai after being put up for sale by the Glazer family.
United's unpopular owners have announced they are "exploring strategic alternatives for the club" in what seems like the end of their turbulent 17-year reign in charge.
According to the Daily Mail, tech giants Facebook and Amazon pose as "credible" and "serious" suitors to succeed the American billionaires.
The same goes for sovereign states, such as Dubai who have yet to follow suit as other Middle Eastern rivals.
Dubai could follow the example of Abu Dhabi, Qatar and Saudi Arabia, who took over Manchester City, Paris Saint-Germain and Newcastle respectively.
The Glazers are prepared to sell the club outright, with a deal expected to be worth around £9billion.
Read the full developing story here.
Knight in Shining Armour
Britain's richest man Sir Jim Ratcliffe is reportedly set to bid for Manchester United, according to reports.
The Glazers confirmed on Tuesday night they are putting the club up for sale after 17 years at the helm.
And SunSport now understands billionaire Ratcliffe, a Man Utd fan, is expected to table a bid to buy the Old Trafford outfit.
However, he will only pay as high as £5billion for the club.
That could present an issue as the Glazers value the club between £6-8bn.
It comes just one month after Ratcliffe declared his interest in the club but claimed the Glazers were not interested in selling.
Read the full developing story on the future of Manchester United here.
Ron Move
Cristiano Ronaldo stayed at Manchester United for too long and his bombshell interview ended up being the "tipping point", according to Roy Keane.
The pundit claims the five-time Ballon d'Or winner's dramatic exit from Old Trafford had long been "on the cards" following the 37-year-old parting company with the club yesterday.
Keane told ITV: "It has been on cards for the last few months. The interview was the tipping point. It is like a divorce, the end of a relationship.
"He should have left in the summer, the new manager was never going to play him. You cannot have Ronaldo as a fringe player, it is just not right.
"You do have to treat the top players differently. I don’t want to go down the road again about pressing, Ronaldo did not come back to the club to do that, he came back to score goals."
No Comment
Portugal's press officer REFUSED to allow Manchester United star Bruno Fernandes to answer questions about Cristiano Ronaldo in English and turned the FIFA translator off.
The shocking incident took place during the pre-match press conference ahead of the Portuguese national team's World Cup opener against Ghana.
A British journalist was given the floor and immediately apologised for asking in English.
But the Portuguese press officer immediately shook his head and insisted Fernandes will not answer in English.
The reporter, though, kept at it as he asked the playmaker if he's concerned about the state he will find United when he returns after Ronaldo's exit and the club being put up for sale.
The 28-year-old responded in Portuguese but the FIFA translator was shocking turned off.
Real all about the bizarre press conference here.
Devil's in the Detail
Just hours after Cristiano Ronaldo was sacked by Manchester United, it was revealed the Red Devils had been put up for sale by the Glazers.
The controversial American owners have announced they are to "explore strategic alternatives for the club".
After years of protests from the United faithful, the Glazers are now prepared to sell the club outright, with arch-rivals Liverpool also up for sale.
And a deal to for the Red Devils could be worth up to £9BILLION.
Britain's richest man and United fan Sir Jim Ratcliffe has previously expressed his interest in pursuing a deal.
With others such as tech billionaire and Twitter owner Elon Musk also potentially in the hunt, read SunSport's breakdown on who could be in the running to be Manchester United's new owners.
Back to Business
Cristiano Ronaldo has been pictured back in training for the first time since he became a free agent.
Manchester United tore up the contract of their 37-year-old star after his inflammatory with Piers Morgan.
Amid the drama with his club, Ronaldo has to try and get his mind back to action on the pitch.
Portugal's World Cup kicks off tomorrow with a game against Ghana.
RON-ING AT A LOSS
Unemployed Cristiano Ronaldo is missing out on an eye-watering £71,000-a-day at the World Cup after having his contract ripped up by Manchester United.
The 37-year-old football icon angered United with an explosive sit-down interview with SunSport columnist and TalkTV main man Piers Morgan.
Five-time Ballon d'Or winner Ronaldo accused Man Utd of betrayal, and slammed the lack of investment in the club's infrastructure.
Ronaldo got his wish of an exit from Old Trafford, albeit a few months late, after slamming the club, with United ripping up his £500,000-a-week contract.
The Portugal captain had seven months left on his deal for which he was taking home around £71,000-a-day.
Whether Ronaldo's next move at club level is revealed during the World Cup is yet to be seen.
Boehl-ing for more
Exclusive: Chelsea are unlikely to make a daring move for Cristiano Ronaldo now he is a free agent.
The Blues are second favourites behind Sporting Lisbon to pick up the pieces now the Portuguese superstar's departure from Manchester United is confirmed.
Chelsea were interested in Ronaldo last summer but it was mainly the dream of new owner and chairman Todd Boehly to land him as a marquee signing.
It led to a clash of wills with former manager Thomas Tuchel who insisted at the time that defenders were the priority – but having since been replaced by Potter a new bid could be made.
A Blues source told SunSport: "Chelsea have gone cold on him.
"But if Todd Boehly decided to change his mind he would take some stopping."
Read the full exclusive story here.
Keane revenge
Roy Keane claimed it was nice to see England “get a taste of their own medicine” when Jamal Musiala switched his allegiance to Germany.
The Bayern Munich wonderkid, 19, turned out for the Three Lions at youth level, playing for their Under-21s as recently as 2020.
Discussing the former Chelsea starlet’s decision ahead of today’s clash between Germany and Japan, Irishman Roy Keane had no sympathy. In fact, he revelled in it.
The Manchester United legend said: “It’s nice to see England get a taste of their own medicine because they took players… (Declan) Rice, (Jack) Grealish – don’t get me started on that.
“When players make that decision it’s not easy, you have to respect it, of course.”
Sharp tongue
Carlos Queiroz has accused an Iranian media outlet of helping the England team by revealing his starting line-up.
Sports news website Varsesh 3 published what it predicted would be Queiroz’s Team Melli XI on Monday morning.
That was just hours before the opener against Three Lions kicked off and Iran went on to lose 6-2 at the Khalifa Stadium in Doha.
Queiroz was not best pleased and sarcastically congratulated a reporter today at the end of his press huddle following the team’s training session.
The former Man Utd assistant said: “I cannot finish my statement without congratulating Varzesh 3. 
“Congratulations. Because you did a good job putting our starting line-up in the press for the morning for the English team, congratulations.
“You are really a great hero, congratulations, good job.” 
‘Dream to play with Ronaldo’
Bruno Fernandes says it was a dream to play with Cristiano Ronaldo at Manchester United.
And he says neither of them will allow the players departure from the club to derail them from their goal in Qatar of World Cup glory.
Fernnades said: It was a privilege to play with Cristiano at the club, a dream and I’ve always said that.
“Cristiano has always been an inspiration for me. It was a dream come true to be able to play with Cristiano, it was great for me and good while it lasted.
“Cristiano took a different decision for his life, his career and we have to respect such decisions. Every decision has to be respected.
“We as players but also as parents, brothers, we know it might be difficult to take some decisions but these decisions have to be for the wellness for ourselves and our families.”
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Tempting offer
Cristiano Ronaldo has received his first offer since becoming unemployed with 14th-tier AFC Crewe offering the five-time Ballon d'Or winner a club-record £35-a-week.
Manchester United and Ronaldo, 37, parted ways mid-season following the player's explosive sit-down interview with SunSport columnist and TalkTV main man Piers Morgan.
And non-league AFC Crewe have seized the opportunity to try and sign the legendary forward on a club-record £35-a-week – a significant decrease on the £500,000-a-week contract he had at United.
The 14th-tier side, playing in the Crewe and District League Premier Division, had a whip-round to fund the transfer of the free agent.
They tweeted: "We can confirm that the club has made an official approach to sign free agent Cristiano Ronaldo on a one year deal.
"Should Cristiano accept the offer, he would become AFC Crewe’s highest paid player, taking home £35 per week."
Ron trouble
BREAKING: Cristiano Ronaldo has been handed a two-game ban and fined £60,000 by the Football Association for knocking a fan’s phone to the ground.
The 37-year-old, who is now a free agent after having his Manchester United contract was terminated, was charged with “improper and/or violent” following the incident at Everton in April.
The FA are due to officially announce Ronaldo’s punishment later this afternoon.
And they will provide the full written reasons behind their decision for the sanction also.
Both Chelsea and Newcastle have been linked with a swoop for the Portuguese legend.
However, this now means that he will be suspended for two games if he joins another Premier League club.
Owner odds
Here are the latest odds for who Man Utd's next owner could be, courtesy of BonusCodeBets:
Sir Jim Ratcliffe 3/1
Investment Corporation of Dubai 5/1
Elon Musk 7/1
Nick Candy 8/1
David Beckham 14/1
Mark Zuckerberg 20/1
Mike Ashley 22/1
Cristiano Ronaldo 30/1
Jeff Bezos 30/1
Conor McGregor 35/1
Usain Bolt 40/1
Bill Gates 50/1
Floyd Mayweather 50/1
Donald Trump 200/1
Boris Johnson 1000/1
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