It is hard to find a good owner in modern football, Manchester United fans know this all too well.
Chelsea fans meanwhile have chosen to ‘look the other way’ over Roman Abramovich for the best part of two decades and focus on the positive transformation he has brought to their club. Now the chickens are coming home to roost.
Amid the scramble to sell the club, the UK Government imposed fresh sanctions on Wednesday which has put Chelsea’s immediate future at risk.
BBC Sport report Abramovich is prevented from making money from the club – and cannot currently buy or sell players, and has to apply for special dispensation to actually sell the club.
This is a huge story for the Premier League, and largely Chelsea’s problem to deal with. From a Manchester United point of view, it may actually provide an opportunity.
Here is a look at four ways United could be impacted by this major news…
Rudiger nudged towards United
Chelsea are now unable to offer Antonio Rudiger a new contract. The German was already leaning towards an exit and the uncertainty makes it near certain he will leave on a free transfer this summer.
The Mirror reported a fortnight ago Manchester United are keen, and while the lack of clarity over the Red Devils manager situation does not help, there is a real opportunity now to make a play for the German.
On a free transfer Rudiger could be a terrific signing and this could be a great opportunity for United. The club can negotiate with him now to try and sign him to a pre-contract agreement.
Tuchel enters manager race
How much longer will Champions League winning boss Thomas Tuchel stick around at Stamford Bridge if his ability to manage is severely impaired by these restrictions.
Tuchel is proven at the highest level, and knows the Premier League. He would be a very credible alternative to Mauricio Pochettino and Erik Ten Hag.
Jamie Carragher told The Telegraph Tuchel should be United’s top option. He would be a very safe pair of hands for United to entrust the future to if either of the other candidates do not concvince.
Tuchel also owes his managerial success to Ralf Rangnick, claiming the United interim boss was key to him becoming a coach [BBC] and their relationship could be a factor.
Declan Rice competition eradicated
Chelsea had been United’s only real competition to sign Declan Rice this summer. Now, restricted from making transfers amid an ownership battle which could last months, they are out of the race.
United must still wrestle against themselves to decide on whether spending £80-100 million on one player is a wise move, and admittedly, its tricky, given the other positions which also require strengthening.
At the least, Chelsea’s removal from the race means there will not be a bidding war, and the matter is simply between United and West Ham to negotiate.
Possible points deduction
The worst possible option for Chelsea would be a points deduction if they are placed in administration. This would be a nine point penalty.
Clearly this would benefit Manchester United in the race for a top four place, although it would still be dicey, as we still may not be good enough to make it in.
Chelsea are six points ahead of United at present with two games in hand, so while this could help, all United can do is concentrate on our own form.