Shares of Manchester United Plc fell as the English soccer club’s owners offered to sell a stake worth about US$186 million, the second disposal this year by the Florida-based Glazer family.

Kevin Glazer and Edward S. Glazer’s trusts offered 9.5 million shares, according to a statement published after the close of trading Tuesday. The stock fell 7.7% in the aftermarket.

“The sale is a personal matter for Edward and Kevin,” a spokesman said in written comments, adding that post-sale, the Glazers will hold a combined 69% stake, down from about 75%. The move follows the family offloading about US$96 million worth of stock in March.

The latest offering follows an 11% runup in United’s shares since Sept. 17, when the company reported earnings amid a return to full capacity stadiums in England as pandemic restrictions were relaxed.

The stock has climbed 17% year-to-date amid an added boost from the return to the team of superstar Cristiano Ronaldo. United has had one of its strongest starts to a season in recent years, sitting just two points off the top of the Premier League table after seven matches, with Ronaldo providing three goals in the competition.

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Bank of America Corp. is serving as underwriter for the share sale. 

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