The Glazers do not plan to sell Manchester United - and could remain in control for at least another five years.

It is understood the club's controversial American owners are relaxed about United's demise on the pitch and failure to qualify for the Champions League for the first time since 1995.

They believe the club's long-term financial health looks better than ever, particularly after the succession of eye-watering commercial deals recently agreed.

Last month United announced a record £750million kit deal with adidas, which begins next year, while this season saw the start of their £47million-a-year shirt sponsorship agreement with Chevrolet.

They are confident new boss Louis van Gaal can return them to the Champions League and maintain their status as one of the world's biggest football brands.