Manchester United and Tampa Bay Buccaneers owner Malcolm Glazer has died at the age of 86, the club have confirmed. Glazer took over the Tampa Bay franchise in 1995, turning the American football side into Super Bowl winners before his family purchased United in May 2005 for £790 million. Though the purchase was met with protests from fans, under Glazer’s ownership the club was able to win five Premier League titles and the 2008 Champions League.
The death was first announced on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers website. Glazer died in his home in Tampa on Wednesday morning.
United confirmed the death of Glazer in a statement,
“The thoughts of everyone at Manchester United are with his family tonight,”
Rumours had surfaced in recent months that a new takeover could occur at the club, though these turned out to be nothing more than speculation for speculation’s sake. The death isn’t expected to have any impact on the ownership of United, and the Glazer family will hold onto their 90% ownership of the former Premier League champions.
United finished in 7th place last season, with Louis van Gaal taking over as manager from the sacked David Moyes.
He leaves behind his wife, six children and 14 grandchildren.