Fred Done, one of the Northwests richest men and big United fan has warned off potential investors.
''As an investment, I would not touch it with a barge pole.''
''I am seeing empty corporate boxes, I am seeing empty seats and there are tickets on open sale which you did not see a year ago.''
He added: '' I am seeing cracks in the team. It's just debt ridden. As a supporter it saddens me. I hope we do not go the way of Portsmouth.''