Sir Jim Ratcliffe interested in buying Manchester United if Glazer family open to sale

Sir Jim Ratcliffe, the British billionaire and chief executive of Ineos, has expressed an interest in buying Manchester United.

United have been owned by the Glazer family since 2005. The Glazer’s ownership of the Old Trafford club has come under scrutiny in recent weeks, with protests against them seen at United’s opening game of the Premier League season against Brighton & Hove Albion 10 days ago.

“If the club is for sale, Jim is definitely a potential buyer,” a spokesperson for Ratcliffe told The Times.

“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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Ratcliffe and Ineos are already involved in football, having completed a takeover of Ligue 1 side Nice in 2019.

When Chelsea were up for sale earlier this year, Ratcliffe made a late, but ultimately unsuccessful, bid to buy the west London club.

Avram Glazer, who was present at United’s opening day defeat by Brighton, defended his family’s ownership of the club back in May.

“It is a disappointing season,” he said, after United finished the 2021-22 campaign in sixth place in the Premier League.

“It’s a disappointing season for everyone and we’re going to work hard to make next season a better season.”

When pressed on whether United will invest this summer, Glazer added. “We’ve always spent the money necessary to buy new players.”

United fans have protested against the Glazer family’s involvement in the club for several years. This culminated last spring, following United’s involvement in the failed Super League project. United’s home fixture against Liverpool was postponed following a fan protest on the Old Trafford pitch, despite the game being played behind closed doors.

United have endured a tricky start to the 2022-23 season under new manager Erik ten Hag, losing again in their second game against Brentford.

Ten Hag’s side face Liverpool at home on Monday for their next fixture.

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