Current owners the Glazers announced in November last year that they would be &aposseeking strategic alternatives&apos that raised hopes that the unpopular American regime could be set to sign off a full sale of the club. Failsworth-born INEOS owner Sir Jim Ratcliffe quickly registered his interest to invest in the club that he has supported since childhood alongside Qatari banker and fellow Reds fan Sheikh Jassim bin Hamad al Thani.
A full sale is no longer on the cards, however, with Sheikh Jassim ending his interest in October – leaving the way clear for Ratcliffe. He is now set to acquire a 25 per cent stake in the club that will see him take control of United&aposs footballing operations.
And if recent reports are to be believed, he could be set to take control of the club imminently, as the Manchester Evening News takes a look at the latest takeover headlines.
Ratcliffe could take control at Manchester United as early as Monday, it has been reported.
According to The Mirror, the new regime could be in place as early as next week, with Sir Dave Brailsford – who was appointed Director of Sport at INEOS in December 2021 – said to be &aposready to go in to begin work&apos.
The report adds there is &aposlittle appetite to make wholesale changes at this present time&apos, and that their fresh start could offer a &aposlifeline&apos to Jadon Sancho. It is claimed insiders think the United winger could benefit from Brailsford&aposs &apospsychology-based approach alongside therapist Steve Peters at Team Sky&apos.
According to BBC Sport [via Goal], United were due to announce Ratcliffe&aposs imminent investment during the international break – but the plans were put on ice due to Thanksgiving taking place in the United States, where the Glazers are from.