Billionaire Sir Jim Ratcliffe wants to buy Manchester United

The 69-year-interest old’s was made public after a Bloomberg story that the Glazer family was prepared to sell a small percentage in the club.

Ratcliffe’s representative told The Times that Jim is undoubtedly a prospective bidder if the club is up for sale.

We would be open to discussing long-term ownership if something similar could be done.

Twenty-time English champions United are last in the Premier League after losing both preseason games under new manager Erik ten Hag.

The awful start has heightened disapproval of the Glazers and their alleged lack of support for the squad.

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Frenkie de Jong of Barcelona, a Dutch midfielder, was unsuccessfully pursued by Barcelona this summer, and star striker Cristiano Ronaldo may depart Old Trafford.

Since Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement in 2013, the team has struggled, and it hasn’t won a title since 2017.

Numerous demonstrations against the Glazers’ ownership have taken place in recent years, including one in May 2021 that forced the postponement of the Red Devils’ home league game against Liverpool.

When United and their Anfield rivals play each other again on Monday at Old Trafford, United supporters will again demonstrate against the American family.

Ratcliffe, a native of Lancashire and the company’s primary stakeholder, has supported the team since he was a little child. He also owns the cycling team Ineos Grenadiers, the French team Nice, the Swiss club Lausanne-Sport, and the F1-affiliated Ineos.

The official said, “This is not about the money that has been spent or not. Jim is considering what can be done immediately now and thinks that a reset is in order, given how important the club is to the community.

The wealthiest man in the world, Elon Musk, had earlier on Wednesday tweeted that he was going to acquire United and then clarified that he was kidding.

Forbes estimates that Musk, 51, is worth $270 billion (£223 billion), whereas Ratcliffe is worth an estimated $16.3 billion (£13.5 billion).

Ratcliffe attempted to purchase Chelsea in May when owner Roman Abramovich placed the London club for sale, but his £4.25 billion bid was rejected.

Ratcliffe said to BBC Sport at the time that he was still a fan of Manchester United and that he was not placing an offer for the Red Devils because they were not up for sale.