Sir Jim Ratcliffe confirms he is interested in buying Manchester United

Billionaire businessman Sir Jim Ratcliffe has declared his interest in buying English football club Manchester United if its controlling owners, the Glazers, are open to a sale.

Ratcliffe, founder of the Ineos petrochemicals group and one of the UK’s richest people, is a life-long supporter of the club and has often been tipped as a possible bidder if the US family chose to sell.

It comes after reports that the Glazer family is considering selling a minority stake in the Premier League club – as fans plan to protest against the club’s “vile” ownership.

According to The Times, the Failsworth-born chemical engineer – thought to be the second richest person in the UK – would buy a stake in the club “with a view to taking full control if the Glazers welcome new investment.”

United are currently at the bottom of the Premier League table after a humiliating 4-0 defeat at Brentford.

Erik Ten Hag is the first United boss to lose his opening two games in more than 100 years.

Reports that the Glazers are considering selling a minority stake caused a sharp rise in the share price earlier on Wednesday.

The family has been fiercely criticised by fans, who will vocalise their concerns again before United’s next match at Old Trafford.

Supporters’ group The 1958 says it will protest ahead of the live televised game against Liverpool on Monday 22 August.

Sir Jim, a United fan himself, failed in his bid to buy Chelsea in May but confirmed he was interested in controlling a major Premier League team.

INEOS is associated with the world marathon record holder and Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge who
became first human in history to run a sub-two-hour marathon in the city of Vienna, Austria in October 2019. Kipchoge ran the 42.195KM distance in a remarkable time of 1:59:40:2.

The two signed a new Performance Partnership this year to support Kipchoge’s ambitious performance goals in running.

Having won gold in the men’s marathon at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games, defending his title from Rio 2016, the 37 year old is going for a record-breaking three Olympic titles back-to-back as he targets gold at Paris 2024.

To support this ambition, Kipchoge has signed a Performance Partnership with INEOS and will be working with Sir Dave Brailsford in his new role as Director of Sport at INEOS.


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