American businessman and Manchester United owner Malcolm Irving Glazer who is also he is the president and chief executive officer of First Allied Corporation has passed on at the age of 85.
The demise of the Florida-based millionaire, whose family also owns the Tampa Bay Buccaneers American football franchise, was announced on the Bucs’ website.
The American businessman would be remembered as the man who led the controversial takeover of the Old Trafford club in 2005, plunging the club more than £500million in debt.
Though Glazer Snr has been ill for some time and has left the running of United to sons Joel and Avram for the majority of the family’s ownership period.
Commenting on his death, a United spokesman said only: ‘The thoughts of everyone at United are with the family tonight.’
There will be respect but little sympathy from many United fans who will always blame Glazer for the money his family’s company have drained from Old Trafford over the years to service their enormous debts.
During the Glazer years, United managed to win five Barclays Premier League titles and one Champions League. Glazer leaves a wife, Linda, and six children.