Man Utd owners slammed for "diabolical decisions" after paying out "£400m to slobs"

Daily Mirror 10 days ago

The Glazer family have been slammed by Simon Jordan for making "diabolical football decisions" after it was revealed that Manchester United's annual wage bill is now almost £400m

The Glazer family have owned Manchester United since 2005
The Glazer family have owned Manchester United since 2005

Simon Jordan has torn into the Glazer family and accused them of making "diabolical football decisions" after it emerged that Manchester United are paying out around £400million annually to their underperforming stars.

The Premier League giants have endured a horrific 12 months and are currently rebuilding under new manager Erik ten Hag after they missed out on Champions League qualification last term.

Despite their on-field struggles, it was revealed during the club's quarterly financial results on Thursday that United had seen their revenue increase by 18 per cent to £538m following the return of fans to stadium after the pandemic.

However, United still recorded net losses of more than £2m a week at a time when their overall wage bill has risen 19 per cent to just shy of £400m - a new Premier League record.

And Jordan was in disbelief after learning of the figures, which come just months after United's beleaguered squad were responsible for the club recording their worst-ever finish in the Premier League era last term.

“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.

Simon Jordan has criticised the Glazer family over their "diabolical football decisions"
Simon Jordan has criticised the Glazer family over their "diabolical football decisions"

“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.”

The Glazer family have been unpopular custodians at Old Trafford ever since purchasing the club in 2005 and have already been the subject of protests from the club's disgruntled fanbase this term; leading to speculation the American's could be ready to end their controversial premiership.

However, reports have claimed that the Glazer's could still pocket around £20m in dividends despite United's losses. But Jordan is adamant that the club have bigger issues: their underperforming players.

The former Crystal Palace chief 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 decisions the Glazers have made.”