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LATEST: Sir Jim Ratcliffe, wants to buy Manchester United.

According to Forbes, Britain’s richest man, Sir Jim Ratcliffe, wants to buy Manchester United.

The 69-year-interest old’s comes on the heels of a Bloomberg story that the Glazer family is willing to sell a minority ownership in the club.

“If the club is for sale, Jim is absolutely a potential buyer,” a spokeswoman for Ratcliffe told The Times.

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LATEST: Sir Jim Ratcliffe, wants to buy Manchester United.

“If something like this were conceivable, we would be interested in discussing long-term ownership.”

United, the 20-time English champions, are at the basement of the Premier League after losing their first two games under new manager Erik ten Hag.

The squad’s poor start has fueled criticism of the Glazers and their alleged lack of interest in the team.

New additions have failed to materialize this summer, including a fruitless pursuit of Barcelona’s Dutch midfielder Frenkie de Jong, while superstar scorer Cristiano Ronaldo may depart Old Trafford.

Since Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement in 2013, the team has struggled and has not won a trophy since 2017.

In recent years, there have been numerous protests against the Glazers’ ownership, including one in May 2021 that forced the Red Devils’ home league match against Liverpool to be postponed.

United fans are preparing another demonstration against the American family during Monday’s match against their Anfield rivals at Old Trafford.

Ratcliffe, who was born in Lancashire and is the largest stakeholder of the chemical company Ineos, is a lifelong supporter of the team. He also owns Nice, Lausanne-Sport, and the Ineos Grenadiers cycling team, as well as a partnership with the Mercedes F1 team.

“This is not about money spent or not spent,” the official clarified. “Jim is considering what can be done now, and knowing how important the club is to the community, it feels like the moment has come for a fresh start.”

Manchester United Supporters’ Trust (MUST) cautiously welcomed Ratcliffe’s interest, but cautioned a takeover would require fan backing.

“While supporters have advocated for change, this must of course be the proper change,” a MUST spokeswoman told BBC Sport.

“Any prospective new owner must be devoted to the club’s culture, ethos, and best traditions.” They must be willing to invest in order to return United to its previous glory, and that investment must be genuine fresh money spent on the playing side and the stadium.

“Finally, any new ownership structure must incorporate supporters, including some fan share ownership, into their operating model.”

Elon Musk, the world’s richest man, had earlier indicated he was joking after tweeting that he was going to buy United.

According to Forbes, Musk, 51, is worth $270 billion (£223 billion), whereas Ratcliffe is worth an estimated $16.3 billion (£13.5 billion).

Ratcliffe launched an unsuccessful £4.25 billion bid to purchase Chelsea after owner Roman Abramovich put the London club up for sale in May.

Ratcliffe told BBC Sport at the time that he was still a Manchester United fan and that the reason he wasn’t bidding for the Red Devils was because they weren’t for sale.

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