According to SB Nation’s NetsDaily via Russia media reports, billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov has expressed an interest in taking over Manchester United.
It’s claimed that the 55-year-old would like to return to ownership of a professional sports team after holding a majority stake in NBA team Brooklyn Nets for nine-and-half-years until September 2019.
United’s current owners, the Glazer family, have a sour standing with the current fanbase owing to their apparent lack of investment into the team and the fact that they aren’t football enthusiasts per se.
From Russian media
“According to close contacts in Moscow, Mikhail Prokhorov, a billionaire, political and former owner of Brooklyn Nets, is interested in buying Manchester United. It is reported that he is ready to return to the sports industry. Known to be just a request.”
— NetsDaily (@NetsDaily) September 16, 2020
In the nine full seasons that Prokhorov held a controlling portion of the Nets, the Brooklyn outfit reached the playoffs just four times, losing all but one of these season-defining series in the first round.
Whilst many United supporters would like to see the end of the Glazers’ reign, Prokhorov is by no means a guaranteed upgrade.
The Russian made a few extremely poor decisions which hurt the Nets up until their relative revival following his departure over the last year.
Prokhorov gave up serious draft capital to facilitate trades of veteran star Joe Johnson, as well as future Hall of Famers Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce, all as the trio approached the end of their careers.