ManU CEO Ed Woodward (l) co-Chair Avram Glazer (r) have taken heat for not attending the club's high-profile game against Liverpool last SundayGETTY IMAGES
A "culture of mediocrity has set in at Manchester United" due to the "erosion of standards and expectancy caused by the club's owners, the Glazer family, and their senior executives at Old Trafford," according to Mark Ogden of ESPN.com. Their absence from ManU's biggest domestic game of the season against Liverpool on Sunday "epitomised the apathy at the top of the club." If the owners or the man in charge of running the club on a day-to-day basis "cannot find the time to watch Manchester United play Liverpool from the plush seats in the directors' box ... then can they really claim to be focused on ensuring that United return to the position of power and dominance that they occupied until Sir Alex Ferguson retired as manager in 2013?" Under the Glazers, Manchester United is "neither ruthless nor fixated upon appointing the best." Club manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has "delivered for the Glazers because they have set the bar so low; Champions League qualification appears to be enough to satisfy their demands" (ESPN.com, 10/25).
COMING UP SHORT IN INDIA: In London, Simon Wilde notes the Glazer family's bid -- reportedly "worth in excess" of US$551M -- to buy one of the two new Indian Premier League franchise teams "fell well short of their rivals at an auction in Dubai." Avram Glazer, whose Lancer Capital has "often been criticised for not investing more in playing talent at Manchester United, travelled to Dubai," but was "not seen in the auction room." One of the two winning bids was from private equity firm CVC Capital Partners (LONDON TIMES, 10/26).