Liverpool fans have been enjoying Rio Ferdinand’s prediction having backfired. Manchester United will not be taken over by Qatar after its bid was withdrawn.
Liverpool fans are taking the opportunity to mock former Manchester United player Rio Ferdinand after his prediction about a Qatari takeover of the club hit the rocks.
Ferdinand had claimed four months ago that a Qatari-backed consortium was on the verge of completing the takeover of Manchester United.
However, recent news revealed that Qatari businessman Sheikh Jassim bin Hamad Al Thani had withdrawn from the process, leaving the Glazer family still in control of the club. The Qatari bid, which had been on the table since May, failed to reach an agreement with the Glazers.
This takeover talk coincided with Fenway Sports Group’s plan to sell a percentage of their ownership in Liverpool. Ultimately, New York-based firm Dynasty Equity made a strategic minority investment in Liverpool at the end of last month, changing the narrative on Merseyside.
While Liverpool fans celebrated their club’s stability, Ferdinand and other United observers were hoping for a change in ownership after 20 years under the Glazers’ control.
Ferdinand had expressed confidence in the Qatari takeover on his YouTube channel FIVE, claiming it was imminent and would be accepted within a matter of days or even hours. However, it seems that Ferdinand’s information may not have been as reliable as he portrayed.
Liverpool fans wasted no time in reminding Ferdinand of his failed prediction, using social media platforms such as Twitter to mock him. One fan sarcastically referred to Ferdinand as “the gift that keeps on giving,” while another expressed their love for him with a touch of irony.
Some fans questioned Ferdinand’s credibility and suggested he was making a fool of himself once again. The resurfacing video served as an opportunity for Liverpool supporters to taunt their old adversary.