Time has come for a reset – Sir Jim Ratcliffe interested in Man Utd buy


Sir Jim Ratcliffe would be interested in buying Manchester United if the Premier League club was up for sale.

The British billionaire who owns Ineos and is a United fan was unsuccessful in his bid to buy Chelsea in May and has now turned his attention to the Red Devils, the PA news agency understands.

The news comes after a report in Bloomberg said the Glazers are considering selling a minority stake in the club.

Manchester United fans regularly protest against the Glazers (Martin Rickett/PA)

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Radcliffe recently attempted to buy Chelsea, with his late offer turned down as Todd Boehly successfully took over Roman Abramovich.

A spokesman for Ineos said the company is interested in taking a smaller stake to eventually buy the club.

“If such a thing were possible, we would be interested in discussions regarding long-term ownership,” an Ineos spokesman told The Times.

“This isn’t about the money spent or unspent. Jim is reviewing what can be done now and knowing how important the club is to the city it feels like the time has come for a reset.”

If such a thing were possible we would be interested in discussing long term ownership

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Ineos is keen to expand its sports portfolio as it already owns French Ligue 1 club Nice and Swiss team FC Lausanne-Sport. It also sponsors the Ineos Grenadiers cycling team, formerly Team Sky.

The Glazers are hugely unpopular with United fans, who are unhappy with the club’s ownership model and declining performances on the pitch, having not won a Premier League title in nine years. Supporters regularly protest against it.

Manchester United did not comment on the story.

It comes on the same day that Elon Musk joked about buying the club.

The Tesla founder, who is a billionaire, referenced United in a tweet.

Musk wrote: “To be clear, I support the left half of the Republican Party and the right half of the Democratic Party!

“Also I’m buying Manchester United ur welcome.”

He later clarified that “this is a long-standing joke on Twitter. I don’t buy sports teams. Although if it was any team it would be Man U. They were my favorite team as a kid. Time has come for a reset – Sir Jim Ratcliffe interested in Man Utd buy

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