Glaziers don’t want to sell Man Utd, says UK tycoon Ratcliffe
Manchester United owners, the Glazer family, are unwilling to sell the Premier League club, according to British billionaire Jim Ratcliffe.
United fan Ratcliffe, owner of chemical group Ineos, was interested in buying the club from Old Trafford after his unsuccessful bid to take over at Chelsea earlier this year.
There had been reports that the Glazers might be ready to consider selling United after protests from increasingly angry fans during their troubled reign.
But while Ratcliffe wants to add to Ineos’ sporting portfolio, he revealed US owners have told him United are not in the market.
“Manchester United are owned by the Glazer family, whom I met,” Ratcliffe told Financial Times Live on Tuesday.
“I’ve met Joel and Avram, and they’re the nicest people. They’re real gentlemen, and they don’t want to sell it (United). It belongs to the father’s six children and they don’t want to sell it. .
“Had he been for sale in the summer, yes, we probably would have tried to follow Chelsea, but we can’t sit around hoping that one day Manchester United will become available.”
Ratcliffe’s Ineos group already owns French club Nice and Swiss club Lausanne.
On the prospect of further investment elsewhere, Ratcliffe said: “The most popular sport in the world is football, and it’s the sport closest to us, so we should have an asset… not a Premiership ( club), I think a first club.”