The billboard was spotted outside Old Trafford last week of Sir Jim with his arms outstretched bearing the message, &aposWelcome to Manchester&apos. In 2009, Manchester City famously displayed a billboard announcing the signing of Carlos Tevez from rivals United with a similar design and slogan.
The billionaire INEOS owner is imminently set to acquire a 25 per cent stake in United – and the deal could finally be announced in the coming weeks. Sir Jim&aposs arrival will signal an end to a protracted takeover process for the Reds, following the Glazers&apos announcement to &aposseek strategic alternatives&apos in November 2022.
Sir Jim quickly became one of two leading contenders to take over at Old Trafford, with Qatari banker Sheikh Jassim bin Hamad Al-Thani also submitting an offer for a full takeover.
But after Sheikh Jassim dramatically pulled out of the running in October, Sir Jim has been left with a clear run at the club and is expected to take control of sporting matters once his deal to take a 25 per cent stake in the club is finalised – even though it would see the Glazers remaining. That fact has irked some supporters who would much prefer to see the unpopular American family depart after a controversial 18 years at the club.
And now one fan has taken that frustration to the billboard of Sir Jim outside Old Trafford, writing &aposfull sale only&apos on it.