The CEO of Australian football club Central Coast Mariners has dismissed the extent of reports suggesting Manchester United are prepared to invest in the team.
A report in the Sydney Morning Herald suggests United are one of a number of teams looking to potentially buy the Mariners licence in the near-future and using the side as a sister a club.
The article claims United figures have been in discussion with Mariners chairman Mike Charlesworth and are looking at the possibility of purchasing the club before relocating them to Sydney.
Speaking to The World Game the A-League side’s CEO, Shaun Mielekamp, claimed United are one of many European sides who have shown an interest in regards to possibly investing but admitted it was all just speculation at this point in time.
A United club source also reiterated to MEN Sport that at this stage reports are viewed as ‘pure speculation’.
“The chairman has held discussions with a number of clubs and interested parties across a number of years regarding the sale of the club,” said Mielekamp of the United links.
“Speculation is nothing more than speculation and it is important, as in the pre-season, none of this distracts anyone at the club – it’s just noise.
“Reports like this simply serve as a means of distraction from what is a positive season on the field.”
United could follow in the footsteps of fierce rivals Man City after they purchased Melbourne Heart in 2014, rebranding the A-League club as Melbourne City and incorporating them into the wider City Football Group global network.
United have previous ties with the Mariners through assistant manager Mike Phelan, who was appointed Sporting Director at Central Coast in 2018 before joining Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s staff at Old Trafford the following year.