British billionaire Sir Jim Ratcliffe has revealed that the Glazer family ‘don’t want to sell’ Manchester United’.
Lifelong Man Utd fan Ratcliffe had declared an interest in purchasing the club in the summer following the Glazers were seeking new investment and were prepared to sell a minority stake in the Red Devils, with a spokeperson for the billionaire stating: “If the club is for sale, Jim is definitely a potential buyer.
In a talk at a FT Live event however, Ratcliffe has ruled out such a purchase: “If something like this was possible, we would be interested in talking with a view to long-term ownership.
“I’m a lifelong Manchester United fan, and I was there in ’99 for the most remarkable match in Barcelona so that’s deeply etched in my mind. But Manchester United is owned by the Glazer family who I have met, and they are the nicest people, I have to say, they’re proper gentlemen and really nice people and they don’t want to sell it.
“It’s owned by the six children of the father, and they don’t want to sell it.
“If it had’ve been for sale in the summer then yes, we probably would’ve had a go following on from the Chelsea thing. But we can’t sit around hoping that one day Manchester United become available.”