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Every potential new Manchester United owner detailed as Sir Jim Ratcliffe confirms plans

It has been a few months since Manchester United fans heard the news they’d been dreaming of for years after it was confirmed that the Glazers are set to sell their share in the Reds, but now the wheels may be beginning to turn on a potential deal.

Protests have now become a regular occurrence for United fans with the American owners failing to properly invest in the playing squad, alongside infrastructure such as Old Trafford diminishing during their time as majority shareholders in the club. No Premier League title in nearly a decade, over five years since a trophy and only three major titles since the departure of Sir Alex Ferguson; it has been a period of misery for United fans.

A statement from the club last year announced that the Glazers were looking to head down a ‘different strategic route’; which would invoke the sale of the club as a result. But who has been linked with taking over the hot seat from the controversial owners? Here, MEN Sport has taken a look at those who have linked

Sir Jim Ratcliffe

On Tuesday, Sir Jim Ratcliffe and Ineos became the first party to formally register their interest in buying United after years of being linked with the purchase of the club.

His attempts to purchase Chelsea from Roman Abramovich last year raised eyebrows, but his £4bn bid was ultimately unsuccessful and eventually the Blues announced Todd Boehly as their new owner.

Apple

Who would have seen this coming? According to the Daily Star, United were being eyed up by Apple in a £5.8bn deal.

By far the biggest technology company in the world, and having seismically altered the landscape of the modern world in general with their technological advancements, it would be interesting to see just how Apple would run a football club.

Having had no experience of buying a football club, never mind a team the size of Manchester United, there are question marks over the logistics; though the report states that a new stadium would be built.

But with a revenue of £400bn per year and a value of £1 TRILLION, funding is not a worry.

Lord Jim O’Neill

O’Neill was involved in a deal which could have seen him take ownership of the Red Devils back in 2010 as he formed part of a consortium group named ‘The Red Knights’, though their £1.25bn bid wasn’t enough to tempt the Glazer Family to part ways with the club.

Fast forward 12 years and O’Neill’s name has cropped up once again after he exclusively told the Manchester Evening News that he would be interested in purchasing the club – but the Glazers would need to drop their asking price first. Having been given a ‘Lord’ title for his involvement with the Conservative Party since, an increased profile for the former Goldman Sachs chief could see fans select him over other interested parties.

It is unclear exactly how much financial backing The Red Knights would have to complete a purchase of the club, however O’Neill would seriously have to up the financial aspect of the deal he proposed back in 2010 by around four times over at the very least – but never say never for the Mancunian.

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