THE Saudi Arabian regime have given up on buying Manchester United — for now at least.
SunSport revealed Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman wants to buy United to compete with Abu Dhabi-owned Manchester City and Qatari’s Paris Saint-Germain.
Super-agent Pini Zahavi was recruited to help them drive through a multi-billion pound takeover.
But a source claims the Glazer family, United’s US owners — especially Avram and Joel — want to take a more hands-on role.
And it is believed under-fire executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward’s position is not under immediate threat.
SunSport first revealed in October that the Saudi prince was keen to take over the Premier League club.
At the time it was revealed that the takeover would have set him back a minimum of £3billion.
But Manchester United’s shocking season has seen a billion dollars wiped off the value of the club.
If they miss out on a top four spot in the Premier League, it could cost them around £80m in UEFA payments, sponsorship deals and ticket sales.
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The Glazers look set to stick around next season as Solskjaer looks to regain control at Old Trafford.
United’s under-fire boss is aiming to sign six players this summer to make them title contenders next season.
As it stands, United are sixth in the table and have lost three games on the bounce in all competitions.