Sir Jim Ratcliffe must first win back the frustrated Manchester United fans.
We learned yesterday that the Glazer family is remaining, which is boosting security for their next home game.
Sir Jim Ratcliffe must win over fans if he buys a 25% interest in Man Utd.
Sheikh Jassim pulled out of the race to buy the Red Devils on Saturday
Sheikh Jassim withdrew from the competition to buy United after accusing the Glazers of demanding a “outlandish” price.
Saturday saw the Qatari withdrаw his £5bn bid and tell the Glazers he is no longer interested after nine months of thorough negotiations.
Sir Jim, who may buy 25% of the Red Devils, is the last choice.
On Thursday, Old Trafford’s board will decide whether to accept Ratcliffe’s offer and desire for “sporting control”.
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PROVE IT’S A FRESH START
Many supporters will be unhappy to learn that the Glazers will keep 75% of the club, therefore they will strive for meaningful change.
Some of that may be superficial, and Old Trafford could use a fresh coat of paint.Ratcliffe may ask the Glazers to keep away from the team.
More importantly, Ratcliffe must show he’s in command of sports by firing some old guard.
Many club employees are afraid about their prospects, but the “little guys” should not be targeted.
Whether the Glazers will accept boardroom change requests is unclear and might derail negotiations.
Fans are furious that the Glazers are staying at the club and want them gone
MAKE A STATEMENT IN JANUARY
Erik ten Hag’s summer funding request was not declined by the United board.
Rasmus Hojlund, Mason Mount, Andre Onana, Sofyan Amrabat, and others cost United £180m.
But results thus far imply the team has gone backwards since last season, and they must win the Champions League clаsh with Copenhagen to make the knockout stages.
Making it obvious there will be a superstar signing in January, regardless of cost, would make a difference.
It may not be profitable. Football would make sense. Fans need to see progress.
A big-money signing like Kylian Mbappe would cheer up angry United fans, and Sheikh Jassim wаnted him.
The potential signing of a big-nаme like Kylian Mbappe would get fans on side
NO DEBT PLEASE, WE’RE BRITISH
Watching the Glazers, who bought the club for £790m in 2005, pile up debt and pay milliоns in shareholder dividends has frustrated fans.
The latest quarterly numbers reveаl United’s debt exceeds £1bn.
Sheikh Jassim vowed to halt it, but Ineos is still a minority shareholder alongside the Glazers.
Fans will feel nothing has changed if the Americans continue to run the “business” aspect of the club, raising debt and taking more payments.
A CONCRETE PLAN FOR OLD TRAFFORD
Sheikh Jassim offered £1.4bn for team investment, Old Trafford and Carrington reconstruction, and community projects. He’s out of the running.
The harsh reality is that England’s biggest club ground is old and unfit. Not a good home for the nation’s biggest club.
Ratcliffe and his team have stated they want to increase capacity to 90,000, but that is impossible without costed architectural blueprints and a timeline.
If that means building on the adjacent car park land to create a seamless transition, fine. It must be rapid.
MAKE THE NEXT INVESTMENT STEPS
Ineos and Sir Jim have stated that they saw the Glazers’ deal as a gateway to a controlling stake.
The Glazers will have nothing to bargain with once they are in a minority, therefore they will likely ask for more than £1.4bn to reach the 50% plus one criterion.
Fans want to know if Sir Jim is serious about ending the Glazer hegemony by buying shares.
Sir Jim Ratcliffe (left) wants to be in charge of all football operations at United