Manchester United have been put up for sale by owners the Glazer Family, the club has confirmed. A statement issued on Tuesday night said that the Old Trafford outfit is “commencing a process to explore strategic alternatives for the club”. The statement added: “As part of this process, the Board will consider all strategic alternatives, including new investment into the club, a sale, or other transactions involving the Company.” The news came just hours after the announcement that superstar forward Cristiano Ronaldo had agreed to leave Manchester United by mutual agreement, with immediate effect. It means Red Devils fans are staring at the beginning of a new era as manager Erik ten Hag continues to try and restore the club to its former fortunes, with the United boss making transfer plans for January and beyond. The news comes with the Qatar 2022 World Cup now well underway. The Manchester Evening News will have all of the latest news on all of these throughout the day. THE BIG UNITED FORUM: Have your say on the biggest issues at United right now Look back at Wednesday’s United news, views and updates on the Glazers, Ronaldo and the World Cup below.23:03Isaac JohnsonThat’s allIt’s been quite a day. Check back in with us tomorrow morning when we will deliver the latest updates regarding United’s ownership and transfer stories.22:20KEY EVENTDavid Beckham ‘open’ to being involved in Manchester United bidDavid Beckham is reportedly willing to consider backing a prospective Manchester United owner who is bidding to take over the club.Reports say that the former Old Trafford midfielder is open to entering discussions with those who are serious about a possible bid, with the carrot of his financial and public support being offered in return.It adds that while Beckham himself would not be able to afford to buy the club outright himself, he could be willing to become part of an “investment consortium”.Read the full story here (Image: Richard Sellers/Getty Images)21:47Isaac JohnsonWho is Sir Jim Ratcliffe?Sir Jim Ratcliffe could be the man to end the Glazer family’s 17-year reign of apathy at Old Trafford. Supporters are getting excited at the prospect of Manchester United changing hands for the first time since 2005.But who is he? Find out here Man Utd takeover hopeful Sir Jim Ratcliffe (Image: (Photo by VALERY HACHE/AFP via Getty Images))20:38Isaac JohnsonICYMI: United open to signing forward amid Ronaldo exitUnited are open to bringing in a striker in January after Ronaldo’s immediate exit on Tuesday.The club have a number of potential targets and, with the squad thin in centre-forward options, they may be willing to recruit one of them in the new year.Read the full story here 20:14Isaac JohnsonNewcastle ‘not interested’ in RonaldoA report from Football Insider claims Newcastle will not make a move for Cristiano Ronaldo following his exit from United.It adds that Eddie Howe does not believe the superstar would suit his club’s pressing style of play, and does not fit into the Magpies’ transfer policy anyway. (Image: 2022 Getty Images)19:40Isaac Johnson’Saviour’ – United fans react to Sir Jim Ratcliffe reportsManchester United fans have made their feelings known about Sir Jim Ratcliffe’s potential takeover bid.The Glazers’ unpopularity has only heightened over the past year and many see the British Ineos billionaire as the man who can guide the club in the right direction.Read more here Sir Jim Ratcliffe (Image: VALERY HACHE/AFP via Getty)19:09KEY EVENTSir Jim Ratcliffe to bid for Manchester United after Glazers put club up for saleSir Jim Ratcliffe will reportedly submit a bid for Manchester United, following confirmation that the Glazers were exploring a potential sale of the club.In recent weeks a spokesperson for his company, INEOS, said he was “focusing efforts” on OGC Nice amid the news that FSG were looking at potentially offloading Liverpool. But following the news on Tuesday night that the Glazers are “exploring strategic alternatives”, it appears he could be back in the frame to bid for the club.Read the full story here (Image: DIRK WAEM/AFP via Getty Images)18:10Matthew HobkinsonBreaking News: Sir Jim Ratcliffe will bid for UnitedAccording to The Telegraph, Ratcliffe will bid for United after the Glazers formally put the club on the market.It is being reported that Sir Jim will now launch a new bid, but has concerns about overpaying, after suggestions that the Glazers are looking for a price in excess of £5billion.More to follow on this breaking story in due course…Sir Jim Ratcliffe (Image: VALERY HACHE/AFP via Getty)17:57Matthew HobkinsonWATCH: Morata scores to make it Spain 7-0 Costa Rica17:36Matthew HobkinsonUnited’s next owners could divide the fanbase even more than the GlazersAfter 17 years of the American family’s ownership, the club are at last up for sale.It is far from clear who is going to step in as United’s new owners, but supporters were just glad to hopefully soon be rid of the Glazers once and for all.Yet, there is perhaps a little more caution needed than first appears.Click here to read how United’s next owners could divide the fanbase even more than the Glazers (Image: 2022 AMA Sports Photo Agency)16:57Matthew HobkinsonFive potential buyers for UnitedAlthough the news last night that the Glazers had put the club up for sale was met with open arms by fans, there is still a long way to go.That is not to say the announcement should not be celebrated, far from it after 17 years of the American family’s ownership. But a club the size of United simply cannot be bought by anyone.So, who could afford to become the new owners at Old Trafford?Click here to find out the five possible buyers who could complete a deal for the club (Image: OLI SCARFF/AFP via Getty Images)16:28Matthew HobkinsonRonaldo receives first ‘official’ transfer offerAlthough he is not the player he once was, there will surely be plenty of clubs lining up to make a move for Ronaldo.He may have struggled to find a side offering him Champions League football over the summer, but even if not for his talent, the marketing pull of a player like Ronaldo will undoubtedly see him land at a club sooner rather than later.But not many people were expecting that to be AFC Crewe, a Cheshire team in the 14th tier of English football.In a club statement on social media, they have cheekily offered the 37-year-old a new home: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.The train from Piccadilly to Crewe is £14.90 return. Our offer ensures he can afford the trip plus either an Upper Crust at Crewe station or a pint after the game. We eagerly await your response @Cristiano15:59KEY EVENTThe Big United ForumAre you happy with Ten Hag’s first few months in charge of United? On a scale of 0-100, how much do you approve of the club’s ownership? Click here to share your views about your club 15:41Matthew HobkinsonRonaldo pictured in training with PortugalPortugal take on Ghana tomorrow for their World Cup opener, where Bruno Fernandes, Diogo Dalot and former Red, Cristiano Ronaldo, are all expected to feature.The 37-year-old missed Portugal’s 4-0 warm-up win over Nigeria last week with gastroenteritis, prompting fears over whether the five-time Ballon d’Or star will be able to recover in time for their first match.However, it seems as if Ronaldo will be in action tomorrow, as he was spotted in training for the first time since United’s decision to terminate his contract.15:13Matthew HobkinsonWorld Cup: Japan stun GermanyMorocco played out a 0-0 draw with Croatia during the day’s early kick-off, but the drama was not kept at bay for long.Although perhaps not quite on the same level as Saudi Arabia beating Argentina, Japan have just beaten Germany 2-1.With just 15 minutes to go, Japan were trailing 1-0, as they scored two goals late on to record a famous win.And it looks as if a certain former Red enjoyed that one…!14:52Matthew HobkinsonFull FA statement on Ronaldo fine and banRonaldo has been handed a two-game suspension and fined £50,000 by the Football Association for knocking a fan’s mobile phone to the ground last season.The FA have now released a statement explaining their decision.An independent Regulatory Commission found that his conduct was both improper and violent during a subsequent hearing, and imposed these sanctions.Click here for the full statement and story explained in detail (Image: 2022 AMA Sports Photo Agency)14:17Matthew HobkinsonKeane has defended Ronaldo once againThe former United captain has defended Ronaldo yet again after his departure from Old Trafford was announced last night.Keane told ITV: I go back to it, a guy that scores goals for fun, I don’t want to go down the road of pressing. The manager was never going to play him, whatever the system, high press, Ronaldo was never going to do that, he didn’t come to the club to do that, he came back to the club to get on the end of things, score you goals, bringing a player back who is 36, 37.Click here to read what Keane had to say in full 13:50Matthew HobkinsonHow do United replace Ronaldo?There is no doubting that Ronaldo was not at his best this season during his limited minutes under Ten Hag.But there is still an enormous gap that needs filling with his departure.Funds may well have been made available for United to sign another striker after they saved millions through the early termination of his contract, but the solution might not be as simple as things seem.Click here to find out how United may well need to sign two players to replace Ronaldo (Image: 2022 Getty Images)13:12Matthew HobkinsonReport: United accelerating attempts to sign DepayUnited were interested in pursuing a deal for Depay late in the summer transfer window, as uncertainty grew over Ronaldo’s future at the club. Following the 37-year-old’s departure, that could well become a reality, as Spanish outlet Sport claim that the club have ramped up their attempts to sign Depay in January.Depay joined United from PSV Eindhoven in 2015 but left after 53 appearances and seven goals. The Barcelona forward’s contract expires next summer… (Image: 2022 Eric Alonso)12:30Matthew HobkinsonJoin In: United Q&A from 12:30pmMEN’s senior football writer Tyrone Marshall will be answering your questions today following an extraordinary series of events at Old Trafford.Be sure to get your burning questions in about all things United and follow along as Ronaldo’s departure, the Glazers putting the club up for sale and so much more will be discussed.Make sure you don’t miss out, click here to get involved with our Q&A 12:19Matthew HobkinsonFernandes opens up on Ronaldo’s departureThe Portugal international has been speaking to the press in Qatar, and unsurprisingly he was asked about last night’s news…It was good for me while it lasted. Now Cristiano has taken a different decision for his career and his family and we have to respect that.I haven’t discussed the topic with Cris. We’re all focused on the national team and the World Cup. I don’t feel uncomfortable. I don’t have to pick a side. It was a dream come true to play with Cristiano [at United] but nothing lasts forever.We know what the World Cup means to Cristiano and his focus has always been there. He didn’t tell me about his decision. It’s a personal decision and it concerns him and his family. We haven’t talked about it. Everyone here is focused on the goal. national team and the World Cup.11:47Matthew HobkinsonManchester United Supporters Trust StatementThe MUST have released a statement following the news that the Glazers have put the club up for sale.Whilst supporters have long called for change, of course this has to be the right change. At this moment in time our club needs new investment more than ever. That requires new ownership.Any prospective new owner or investor has to be committed to the culture, ethos and best traditions of the club. They have to be willing to invest to restore United to former glories, and that investment must be real new money spent on the playing side and the stadium.Finally any new ownership structure must embed supporters, including a degree of fan share ownership, in their operating model.11:23Matthew HobkinsonReport: Ronaldo set for ban and fine from FAAccording to the Mirror, Ronaldo has been fined £50,000 and handed a two-game suspension by the FA for knocking a fan’s mobile phone to the ground.The 37-year-old was charged with ‘improper and/or violent’ conduct by the FA following the incident at Everton last April, as he now looks set to find out the full extent of his punishment later today.Should the Portugal international join a Premier League rival after his exit from Old Trafford, he would be absent for their first two matches. (Image: James Williamson – AMA/Getty Images)11:02Matthew HobkinsonJoel Glazer’s U-turn to help end Ronaldo’s career at UnitedAfter his interview with Piers Morgan, there wasn’t really much doubt about whether or not Ronaldo still had a career at the club.It seemed virtually impossible for the five-time Ballon d’Or winner to return, even if he wanted to, after the scathing comments and criticism he made about almost all things United.Ten Hag and Ronaldo never saw eye-to-eye, and the pair wanted to wash their hands of one another, but it wasn’t quite as simple as that.Find out how Joel Glazer’s U-turn helped end Ronaldo’s career at United right here (Image: 2019 Getty Images)10:38KEY EVENTExclusive: United open to January striker signing after Ronaldo departureAfter spending £225million in the summer transfer window, Ten Hag had been warned against a repetition in the January market.However, this was before Ronaldo sat down for his sensational interview with Piers Morgan, ultimately leading to last night’s news, as the club parted ways with the 37-year-old.Following on from this, United are now set to act this January.Click here for all the details on the MEN’s exclusive story (Image: ANP via Getty Images)10:21Matthew HobkinsonSir Jim Ratcliffe has history with United’s exclusive financial advisorThe British billionaire, although yet to comment on last night’s news, has been interested in buying his boyhood club for a while now – with the last few months undoubtedly ramping up pressure on the Glazers to sell United.Sir Jim has now gone one step closer to getting his wish, although there is of course plenty of work still to be done.The club announced that the Raine Group will be their exclusive financial advisor for the sale, something that may not have sat all too well with Ratcliffe.Click here to find out exactly why the 70-year-old might have been a little disheartened after the club’s statement (Image: The Financial Times)10:06Richard FayUnited ‘confident’ of agreeing world-record sale for clubUnited could set a world record price for a sports franchise once they are sold.Football Insider claims the Glazers are seeking buyers prepared to pay up to “£8 billion” for the club.They add that United are confident of agreeing a world-record deal for a sports club or franchise as a result of United’s digital potential and one billion supporters globally, as well as its tradition and history.09:59Richard FayUnited’s next owners could divide the fanbase even more than the GlazersNo, you’re not dreaming. Manchester United really are up for sale. After 17 years of Glazer ownership, the most famous club in world football is on the market again and will listen to offers of fresh investment after years of mediocracy and failure.The cautious word is that it could still just be a partial sale, a slight relinquishment of power in order to finance the long-overdue renovations needed for infrastructure at both Old Trafford and the training ground.That hasn’t stopped United fans from dreaming of a proper power shift, though, and it certainly makes a lot of sense for the Glazer family to cash in now and make a huge profit from their leveraged buyout of the club that should never have been allowed in the first place.You can read about it all here.The Glazers are finally open to selling United (Image: 2021 Getty Images)09:46Richard FayUnited ‘weighing up’ January move for Marcus ThuramUnited’s search for a new striker could lead them to Marcus Thuram.Italian reporter Rudy Galetti states United are one of the sides showing an interest in signing the Borussia Monchengladbach forward during the January window.Thuram is out of contract at the end of the season, and it is suggested he could be available for just €10m (£8.7m) in January.Marcus Thuram of France (Image: 2022 FIFA)09:28Richard FayUnited to consider signing striker in JanuaryIt is as expected on this one.United’s main focus has always been on signing a new striker next summer, but Cristiano Ronaldo’s exit means they will bring those plans forward and look at them in January.The concern is that signing an elite option mid-season is very difficult, so it could well be a case of going for a short-term solution at the start of the year before pursuing a top target in the summer. 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