Sir Jim Ratcliffe Confirms He Wants To Buy Manchester United But The Glazers Are Proving Stubborn

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Sir Jim Ratcliffe, a potential buyer of Manchester United claims that the Glazer family is not interested in parting with the Red Devils. 

The Glazer family reportedly told Britain’s richest man, Sir Jim Ratcliffe, that they do not want to sell Manchester United, but Ratcliffe is still interested in purchasing a Premier League team. 

Any expectation Manchester United supporters had that the Glazer family might sell the team any time soon has been dashed by Sir Jim Ratcliffe. 

Sir Jim Ratcliffe
Manchester United fans protesting against the Glazers

The overwhelming majority of Manchester United supporters at Old Trafford will always want the club to be sold as long as the existing owners are no longer involved with the club. 

When Ratcliffe expressed interest in buying the Red Devils in the summer, they believed they might have gotten their goal, but the Glazer family has persisted in holding on. 

In May 2022, Ratcliffe, 69, made a failed attempt to purchase Chelsea. 

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Sir Jim Ratcliffe
Manchester United board watching Football

On the other hand, Glazers confirmed on Tuesday that Manchester United is not up for sale. 

The British billionaire who owns Nice in France and Lausanne in Switzerland through his company, Ineos, met Joel and Avram Glazer over his interest in Manchester United.

“It is owned by the six children of the father and they don’t want to sell,” Ratcliffe told the BBC after his meeting with the Glazers.

In May of last year, their Premier League home game against Liverpool was postponed as a result of a planned protest by United supporters against the owners. 

In protest before the same match this season, in August, thousands of fans marched to Old Trafford. 

Since winning the Europa League in 2017, Manchester United has not won the Premier League title or any other trophy. They missed out on a spot in the Champions League last season after finishing sixth. 

The Glazers will continue to be the club’s owners up until they make a demand to sell it or are presented with an offer they can’t refuse. 

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Sir Jim Ratcliffe
Manchester United board

Despite multiple fan-led rallies, the resistance to a sale has not shifted. However, if Manchester United supporters continue to voice their unhappiness with the American family, that may change. 

Ratcliffe, who was born in Lancashire and is the majority owner of the chemical company Ineos, was worth 9.8 billion pounds, Ratcliffe submitted a late offer for Chelsea but was defeated by a group headed by American investor Todd Boehly. 

Following his interest in Chelsea and now in Manchester United, Ratcliffe stated in a BBC Sport interview that he is initially a United supporter and has “divided allegiance” between the two teams. 

“Football is the most popular sport in the world and the sport that is most similar to us, so I’m still looking for a Premier League club,” he stated. 

In the light of the situation at Manchester United, Ratcliffe continued, “Yes, we definitely would have given it a shot if it had been up for sale in the summer. However, we can’t sit around and wait for Manchester United to go up for sale someday.”

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