Later News Aug 18

Manchester United fans dream of non-Glazers future as Sir Jim Ratcliffe looks to buy stake in club

Barely a day after having their hearts broken by Elon Musk like a Twitter shareholder, Manchester United fans have started dreaming of a brighter future again.


In particular, United fans are dreaming a future where the Glazers no longer own United, allowing the club to spend massive amounts of money on global superstars and proven winners like Cristiano Ronaldo, Paul Pogba, and Jadon Sancho…oh, wait…


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Under the Glazers’ reign, United have regressed so badly that they have now literally become a case study in failure for other sport franchises. And no, we’re not even making this up.


However, Britain’s richest man, Sir Jim Ratcliffe, could soon don his suit of white armour and gallop into Old Trafford on his white horse to play the role of white knight and bring United out of their banter era.


Ratcliffe, who is estimated to be worth around £12billion (S$20bn), has prior experience in running sport franchises – he currently owns cycling team Ineos Grenadiers, French Ligue 1 side Nice, and Swiss Super League side FC Lausanne-Sport.


The 69-year-old, who claims to be a United supporter, was also one of the billionaires who threw his hat into the ring for Chelsea in the summer.


It is understood that the Glazers are tempted to sell a stake of the club – which they value at £6bn – to potential investors like Ratcliffe, so that they can use the incoming funds to purchase players like Real Madrid midfielder Casemiro, who has reportedly been offered an “eye-watering” amount of money to join the club this summer.


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Speaking to The Times, a Ratcliffe spokesperson said: “If the club is for sale, Jim is definitely a potential buyer. If something like this was possible, we would be interested in talking with a view to long-term ownership.


“This is not about the money that has been spent or not spent. Jim is looking at what can be done now and, knowing how important the club is to the city, it feels like the time is right for a reset.”




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