After the disastrous Super League scandal and Ed Woodward’s resignation as executive vice-president, the Glazers could be the next to leave Manchester United.
If they did decide to sell, the Americans would likely charge an unprecedented fee on the sale of a football club.
Very few people would have the capacity to match the value the Glazers expected of the club, although one turns out to be a Red Devils fan as a child.
That person is Sir Jim Ratcliffe, the billionaire owner of Oldham-born chemical giant Ineos, who is also Britain’s richest man.
Ratcliffe is now based in Monaco, where he manages Ineos, as well as Ligue 1 football club Nice and professional cycling team Ineos Grenadiers, who, like Team Sky, have been seven-time Tour de France winners.
He also owns Sir Ben Ainslie’s sailing team, Ineos Team UK, in addition to being a sponsor of the Mercedes Formula 1 team.
The 68-year-old made his money from shale gas as a co-founder of Inspec, before launching Ineos in 1998.
Despite being a United fan since childhood, he became a season ticket holder with Premier League rivals Chelsea after moving to London.
He then looked at a deal to buy a Premier League club, with Chelsea as one of the teams considered, before moving on to French football in 2019.
Despite taking his attention away from Premier League football, Sir Jim could certainly buy just about any club he wanted, and the Englishman is said to have a personal net worth of £ 12.27 billion.
While money isn’t an obstacle to a deal with United, the Glazer family’s management of the club is a problem.
Sir Jim has distanced himself from a possible purchase due to the club’s luck since Sir Alex Ferguson retired.
“[Ineos] he never wants to be the stupid city money, ever, ever, ”he said. Time in 2019 after the purchase of Nice.
“They are at a big stalemate as a business. They did not choose the selection of managers well, they did not buy well. They were stupid money, what you see with players like Fred. “
“United have spent a lot since Ferguson left and have been poor, to say the least. Surprisingly poor, to be honest. “