Man Utd: Fans protest against Glazers outside Old Trafford
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Manchester United fans hoping INEOS owner Sir Jim Ratcliffe will make an offer to relieve the Glazer family of the reins at Old Trafford are set to be disappointed if his past comments are any guide. Supporters desperately want the Glazers to sell up and made their feelings know at Old Trafford on Sunday.
Manchester United were due to lock horns with Liverpool at 4:30pm on Sunday.
However, large-scale protests outside both Old Trafford and the nearby Lowry Hotel ultimately forced the fixture to be postponed.
Supporters made their feelings known, venting their fury at the Glazers and the way they go about their business as the eyes of the world watched on.
Many fans are now clamouring for the Americans to sell up and pass on the reins to a new regime, and one of the names linked with a potential takeover is celebrity fan Ratcliffe.
The owner of INEOS is reportedly worth £21billion, so he’s not exactly strapped for cash.
However, Ratcliffe insisted in 2019 that he’d never buy United.
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“They are in quite a big pickle as a business,” he told The Times at the time.
“They haven’t got the manager selection right, haven’t bought well.
“They have been the dumb money, which you see with players like Fred. We won’t look elsewhere until we have had a good run here [at Nice].
“We need to find out how to be successful before you ever want to write a big cheque. It’s quite difficult.
“Some clubs seem to have an ability to do that, Southampton, Lille. United have done it really poorly. They have the lost plot there somehow.”
Ratcliffe then added: “United have spent an immense amount since Ferguson left and been poor, to put it mildly. Shockingly poor, to be honest.
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“We have a different approach here at [at Nice] to be moderately intelligent about it. Try to do it more grassroots, trying to locate young talent.”
The Glazers, for their part, have made it clear they’re committed to United.
But that won’t be enough to keep the sharks at bay, with many circling in the hope they’ll get the blood they crave.
United legend Gary Neville spearheaded calls for the Glazers to go on Sunday, saying: “The Glazer family have been resilient and stubborn for many, many years.
“I think that they are struggling to meet the financial demands that this club needs and have done for some time.
“If you think about the club that they picked up in 2004, it had the best stadium in the country, probably the best in Europe. It had the best training ground in the country, probably the best in Europe. It had a team that was getting to Champions League quarter-finals, semi-finals and finals regularly and winning the league every season, every other season.
“You look at the club now, this stadium – I know it looks great here but if you actually go behind the scenes it’s rusty and rotting. If you look at the training ground it’s probably not now one of the top five in this country.
“They haven’t got to a Champions League semi-final for 10 years. We haven’t won a league here at Manchester United for eight years.
“The land around the ground is undeveloped, dormant and derelict while every other club seems to be developing the fan experience and the facilities.
“The Glazer family are struggling to meet the financial requirements and the fans are saying it’s enough.
“My view on it is quite simply they are going to make a fortune if they sell this football club. If they put it up for sale now, the time would be right and it’d be the honourable thing to do.”
United legend Roy Keane also shared his view that the Glazers are approaching a day of reckoning at Old Trafford.
“It’s got to a tipping point now for Man United fans,” he said.
“It was peaceful, I think they threw one or two bottles and a couple of flares – I think that was towards Jamie, to be fair, but I think they’ve had enough.
“Enough is enough for these United fans now.
“United have got some of the best fans in the world, huge club, we’ve seen today that it’s come to the end now and enough is enough with the ownership of the club.
“We’ve seen over the past few weeks with the frustration at the Super League, not being able to support the club over the last year, enough is enough now and the United fans obviously want the Glazers out.”
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