Fixed Matches King
Fixed Matches King
Start: 18 January 2023 / 19:00h
SPAIN: COPA DEL REY
Gijon – Valencia
FT: 0-4 WON
One of Britain’s richest individuals, Ratcliffe, wants to finish the acquisition of the Premier League heavyweights, according to a report initially reported by The Times, which was corroborated by Sky Sports News.
After a 17-year rule marked by fan demonstrations and deteriorating on-field performance, United’s current owners, the Glazer family, declared in November that they are open to receiving bids for the team.
Ratcliffe’s chemical company, INEOS, declared that it had formally expressed interest to the Glazers.
Ratcliffe hasn’t hidden the fact that he’d be interested in purchasing United. He reportedly continues to be a fan after supporting them as a young man.
When Chelsea’s ownership became available following the commencement of Russia’s war in Ukraine, the 70-year-old millionaire was one of the interested parties.
Roman Abramovich’s £4.25 billion offer was turned down as part of the selling procedure mandated by the government after Roman Abramovich received a warning for his ties to Vladimir Putin’s regime in Moscow.
Ratcliffe has experience with significant sporting investments. He also owns the Ligue 1 team Nice, the cycling team INEOS Grenadiers, and the Swiss Super League team FC Lausanne-Sport.
Along with Ratcliffe, the Saudi Arabian sports minister Prince Abdulaziz bin Turki Al-Faisal has already declared that his nation intends to acquire United, which is estimated to be worth $5 billion.
Apple, a major player in technology, has reportedly also expressed interest.
On Wednesday, when United travels to Crystal Palace, the game will be shown live on Sky Sports Premier League and Main Event. Kickoff is at 8 p.m., with coverage starting at 7 p.m.
“Sir Jim Ratcliffe has always been open about his desire to acquire a Premier League organization.
He claimed that Premier League teams were overpriced a few years ago, which is why he went out and paid €100 million to purchase Nice.
Although he formerly declared he wouldn’t spend a fortune on a Premier League team, his perspective has now evolved.
“Even though he frequently attends Chelsea games, his firm has a lot of interest in several sports. He grew up supporting Manchester United.
He attempted to purchase Chelsea when they were placed up for sale last year. His extremely late offering of around £4.25 billion equaled the winning offer.
He is the first to raise his hand this time around in terms of Manchester United. Now, I believe, we’ll see more people raise their hands and more individuals peruse the books.
Then starting the next month, we’ll start learning about other offers that are being provided.
“If the club is sold 100%, I think we can expect to see Manchester United change ownership before the conclusion of the season.”
“INEOS paid €100 million for Nice in August 2019. To be honest, the intentions were really excellent.
“It’s clear he wants to succeed. The investment turned out well. In the three and a half years they have been at the club, they have spent €200 million relative to Nice and Ligue 1.
“Nice does not have the revenue Man Utd has. Before Man Utd supporters say that is what we need to invest in one summer, not three years.
The revenue generated by the Premier League is more than that of Ligue 1. You must keep the scale in mind.
“They have spent a lot of money on developing young players, and to some extent, it has paid off. On the field, though, the outcomes haven’t been all that impressive.
“When Christophe Galtier took over after Patrick Vieira departed to join PSG, they finished fifth after placing ninth in Christophe Vieira’s debut season.
Therefore, the current season is not good since Sir Jim Ratcliffe has made several poor decisions. When Lucien Favre was hired as manager, he was the incorrect choice.
You can’t deny Ratcliffe loves football, and I believe he wants to succeed at every team he owns, but he is obviously still learning.
“The interaction with the Nice supporters has been quite erratic.
“The Ultras, who support Nice the most, can be difficult to win over.
“If Ratcliffe is appointed, United supporters’ expectations will be the same as they were when he took charge at Nice.
“All of a sudden, they believed they could rival PSG and the Qatari funding. They anticipated being able to compete with their rivals, Marseille, but that hasn’t occurred.
So, while it was occasionally successful—they made it to the cup final, for instance, last summer but ultimately lost—many people remained pessimistic. The expectations exceeded what Ratcliffe purchased.
The supporters have supported the project and its direction at various points, but they haven’t always understood it. Then Dave Brailsford entered, and the supporters didn’t grasp that he wasn’t really a football man.
The relationship between Ratcliffe, his squad, and the Nice supporters has been rocky.
“We ought to reiterate the rule. Two clubs may be owned. The fact that Ratcliffe already owns two clubs means there is no issue. Along with Nice, Lausanne is owned by him in Switzerland.
They cannot, however, participate in the same European tournament. It’s okay to have the Champions League and the Europa League, but you cannot have two or three clubs competing in the Champions League simultaneously.
“Nice is not currently a Champions League team. Even if France receives an additional spot in the new Champions League format, they are not even close to finishing in the top three of Ligue 1.
Therefore, there cannot be a quarrel at this time. Manchester United strives for the Champions League, but the Europa League is excellent right now.
“However, it’s obvious that if he purchases United, if you are a fan of Nice, you would imagine that the investment going to the club won’t get them to the Champions League because then there would be a major problem and he would have to sell one of the two teams.
“It appears that if he acquires United, he would either sell Nice, which is a possibility and one that I believe he would profit from. A
Alternatively, he might maintain Nice without trying to get them into the Champions League.
Sky Sports analyst Gary Neville said any prospective new owners must inform fans of their ambitions after the Glazers said they were willing to sell United.
During a conversation with Sky Sports News senior correspondent Melissa Reddy, Neville stated, “I think what Manchester United supporters need to see is a manifesto from the new owners.”
The transfer of Manchester United to an owner who basically shouts against what the team stands for or what the team desires is not acceptable.
Therefore, there are commitments in the manifesto that I believe are really significant, such as the fan experience, the fan voice, and even roles for fans on the board.
“However, the athletic project has to be improved. What exactly will it be? Will the new owners still receive dividends?
Will they ensure that the football team is debt-free and that they are investing again? Maybe a new stadium or practice facility has to be constructed.
“These are the vows that come to mind that are crucial for anyone vying to purchase Manchester United. It’s a manifesto that must be presented for the audience to comprehend.
There will be many bids in the many billions, and if the Glazers want to go out on good terms, I believe they should sell it to a party that isn’t just the highest bidder.
If they can work with parties near the end to reach a price they like, it would also be nice for them to offer something to the season-ticket holders.
“Because the truth is, if the Glazers want to do this correctly, they have to make sure the club is going to a party whereby the supporters don’t feel they’re being grouped with another owner they don’t like,” the source continued.
The first indications of fan anger arise in May 2006 when banners reading “Love United, Hate Glazer” start to appear at Old Trafford.
May 2010 – Before the last game of the 2009–10 season, hundreds of United supporters protested the Glazers’ ownership while sporting yellow and green attire.
Manchester United is listed on the New York Stock Exchange in August 2012, and the Glazer family makes money from the sale of some of their shares.
Malcolm Glazer passed away in May 2014, although the club’s operations are unaffected.
April 2021: Joel Glazer is identified as one of the key architects of the Super League’s disastrous ideas, which sparked an outcry from fans, lawmakers, and even the Royal family.
Later that month, protesting fans enter the club’s practice facility.
May 2021: Up to 10,000 United supporters enter Old Trafford during a raucous protest against the owners, forcing the cancellation of the Premier League match versus Liverpool.
There was criminal damage, and six police officers were hurt.
18 August 2022 – British businessman Sir Jim Ratcliffe admits that if Manchester United was on the market, he would be interested in purchasing the Premier League team.
22 August 2022 Before United’s game against Liverpool, a more peaceful demonstration was held, with thousands of supporters walking from the city center to the stadium in anticipation of a 2-1 victory.
22 November 2022 In a statement, the Glazer family said they are “exploring strategic alternatives,” which might include selling the club.
17 January 2023 – Ratcliffe’s business, INEOS, formally joins the Manchester United purchase competition.
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