Manchester United director Richard Arnold’s visit of Saudi Arabia is understood to have not had any connection to a potential takeover of the club.
The club have been subject of rumours of a big-money takeover by the Middle Eastern country’s crown prince Mohammad Bin Salman.
Managing director Arnold fuelled speculation this week when photographs and videos of him meeting Saudi delegates appeared on Twitter, but the visit is not believed to be connected to a possible sale of the club, according to the PA news agency.
In February, Bin Salman denied intention to purchase the Premier League club amid reports he was set to launch a £3.8billion bid.
Meanwhile, United’s executive vice chairman Ed Woodward has recently said he does not think the Glazer family, who have owned the club since 2005, are looking to sell.
“Based on what I see, they’re in it for the long-term,” Woodward told fanzine United We Stand.
“With regards to offers or asking prices, my understanding is that there have been no discussions for a price for the club or anything like that.
“Every conversation we have is based on the long-term.”
Man United have enjoyed great success on the pitch under the ownership of the American family, winning five Premier Leagues, a Champions League title, an FA Cup, a Europa League crown and three League Cups.
However, the club have struggled since legendary manager Sir Alex Ferguson left the club in 2013, which is the last time they won a league title.