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The start of a new Premier League season always arrives amid a cacophony of noise.
Between the usual rumour and rancour around everything from player transfers to absentee owners, soccer’s richest domestic competition invariably dominates back-page column inches and social media feeds. Nowadays, the English game’s top flight is not only a commercial juggernaut and a cultural phenomenon, but an increasingly high-stakes, geopolitically charged battleground that drives the news agenda, not to mention water cooler chat, far beyond its national borders.
From the growing influence of foreign investment to the introduction of new regulations, there has been plenty to keep the media and fans occupied since treble-winners Manchester City claimed their fifth title in six years back in May.
Manchester United, champions of England on a record 20 occasions, have been the subject of a protracted bidding war since the Glazer family put the club on the market last November. Even after multiple rounds of bidding, the Glazers could yet keep United, or at least retain a minority share, much to the chagrin of swathes of club supporters who are counting down the days until their much-maligned ownership comes to an end.