Sir Jim Ratcliffe: Billionaire desires to purchase Manchester United

Sir Jim Ratcliffe is Britain’s richest man, in keeping with Forbes

British billionaire Sir Jim Ratcliffe desires to purchase Manchester United.

Information of the 69-year-old’s curiosity follows a Bloomberg reportexternal-link that the Glazer household are prepared to promote a minority stake within the membership.

“If the membership is on the market, Jim is certainly a possible purchaser,” Ratcliffe’s spokesperson informed The Timesexternal-link.

“If one thing like this was doable, we’d be fascinated with speaking with a view to long-term possession.”

United, 20-time English champions, are backside of the Premier League after dropping each their opening video games of the season below new supervisor Erik ten Hag.

The woeful begin has intensified criticism of the Glazers and their perceived lack of funding within the workforce.

This summer time has seen new signings fail to materialise, together with a fruitless pursuit of Barcelona’s Dutch midfielder Frenkie de Jong, whereas famous person striker Cristiano Ronaldo could leave Old Trafford.

The membership has struggled since Sir Alex Ferguson retired in 2013 and has not gained a trophy since 2017.

There have been a number of protests towards the Glazers’ possession lately, together with one in Could 2021 which induced the Crimson Devils’ dwelling league match towards Liverpool to be postponed.

United followers are planning one other protest towards the American household throughout their newest assembly with their Anfield rivals on Monday at Outdated Trafford.

Lancashire-born Ratcliffe, the bulk shareholder of chemical group Ineos, is a boyhood fan of the membership. He additionally owns French facet Good, Swiss membership Lausanne-Sport and Ineos Grenadiers biking workforce, whereas Ineos has a partnership with the Mercedes F1 workforce.

“This isn’t concerning the cash that has been spent or not spent,” the spokesperson added. “Jim is what may be completed now and, figuring out how necessary the membership is to the town, it feels just like the time is correct for a reset.”

Manchester United Supporters’ Belief (MUST) cautiously welcomed the curiosity from Ratcliffe however stated a takeover would want the help of followers.

A MUST spokesperson informed BBC Sport: “Whereas supporters have known as for change, this in fact must be the appropriate change.

“Any potential new proprietor must be dedicated to the tradition, ethos and greatest traditions of the membership. They must be prepared to take a position to revive United to former glories, and that funding should be actual new cash spent on the taking part in facet and the stadium.

“Lastly, any new possession construction should embed supporters, together with a level of fan share possession, of their working mannequin.”

Earlier on Wednesday, Elon Musk, the world’s richest man, said he was joking after tweeting he was going to purchase United.

Musk, 51, is reported to have a internet price of $270bn (£223bn) in keeping with Forbes, whereas Ratcliffe is price an estimated $16.3bn (£13.5bn).

In Could, Ratcliffe made an unsuccessful £4.25bn offer to purchase Chelsea after proprietor Roman Abramovich put the London membership up on the market.

On the time, Ratcliffe informed BBC Sport he was nonetheless a Manchester United fan and the rationale he was not bidding for the Crimson Devils is as a result of they weren’t on the market.

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