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Leeds United news as Man United could be sold and Whites star is praised

Here are the latest Leeds United morning headlines on Wednesday, 23 November.

Man United set for potential sale as Glazers seek 'outside investment'

Leeds United's bitter rivals Manchester United could be sold as the controversial Glazer family prepare to seek 'outside investment' for the club.

Having acquired a controlling stake 17 years ago in a £790 million deal that was largely funded by debt, the Glazer's reign has been marred by significant fan protests and dwindling on-field performances following the departure of legendary manager Sir Alex Ferguson.

The Red Devils have failed to win a Premier League title since 2013, with the Glazer family most recently criticised by Cristiano Ronaldo in the high-profile interview which has subsequently led to his departure from Old Trafford. The 37-year-old told TalkTV: "they [the Glazers] don't care about the club."

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Major news outlets are now stating that investment bankers have been asked for their advice on a process that could involve a full or partial sale, or strategic partnership with third parties.

An official club statement read: "Manchester United plc (NYSE:MANU), one of the most successful and historic sports clubs in the world, announces today that the Company’s Board of Directors (the “Board”) is commencing a process to explore strategic alternatives for the club.

"The process is designed to enhance the club's future growth, with the ultimate goal of positioning the club to capitalize on opportunities both on the pitch and commercially."

This news comes after reports that Liverpool's US owners are also considering a sale of the club., while Leeds' minority owners 49ers Enterprises have been recently linked with a full takeover at Elland Road.

Keown sends England Aaronson warning

Martin Keown has warned Gareth Southgate and his Three Lions to show respect to Leeds United star Brenden Aaronson - claiming they should 'underestimate him at their peril'.

Aaronson joined Leeds from New York Red Bulls in the summer in what was a club-record deal, and the midfielder has thoroughly impressed at Elland Road with three goal contributions so far in the Premier League.

With England drawing the USA in Group B at this year's World Cup, Aaronson is one player that will be known to many on home soil this year; more so Leeds fans, who have come to worship the starlet for his performances over the past few months.

And Keown has warned England not to underestimate Aaronson or team-mate Tyler Adams ahead of Friday's clash. He told the Daily Mail : "The attacking midfielder is living up to the hype after a bright start to his Premier League career at Leeds and will be the main support act for Pulisic. Underestimate him at your peril.

"You are guaranteed 100mph football from the USA. It's all action and energy and England's defenders should expect a high-pressing game. Aaronson covers great distances, as does his Leeds team-mate Tyler Adams, hence why Jesse Marsch signed them both in the summer."

Read more here.

Cresswell recall decision looms

Leeds United will have a decision to make in January when it comes Charlie Cresswell’s immediate future. The Whites are widely believed to have a recall option on the defender, who has spent the first half of the season with Championship outfit Millwall and they could bolster their defensive options by bringing him back to Elland Road to spend the rest of the campaign in the Premier League.

Cresswell seems to have made the most of his loan in south London, making 15 appearances in all competitions under Gary Rowett and establishing himself as one of the best young centre-backs the country has to offer.

The 20-year-old has been a threat at the other end of the field, too, bagging four goals, including a brace on his debut and one in the club’s win over Preston North End last time out.

He has been in and out of Rowett’s starting XI and after being left out for a run of four straight games in October, it seemed likely that he would be recalled. However, the centre-back has returned to the fold now and he stands a good chance of keeping his spot when Millwall’s Championship campaign gets up and running once more on December 3.

As such, Leeds have some thinking to do about what is best for Cresswell’s development and growth as a player. Here’s a look at the pros and cons of activating that recall clause.

Read more here.


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