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Manchester United Supporters’ Trust delivers Sir Jim Ratcliffe verdict, lists demands from potential new owners and says Glazer protests won’t stop


The Manchester United Supporters’ Trust have compiled a list of demands for any new owner of the football club.

Ineos chief executive Sir Jim Ratcliffe is interested in buying a stake in the Red Devils, with a view to achieving a full takeover in the future.

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Ratcliffe is Britain’s richest man and has reportedly expressed interest in buying Manchester United

His interest arose following reports that the Glazers were considering selling a minority stake in the club.

The American owners have come under fire from United fans since the family bought the club in 2005.

The club have been saddled with huge debt and there has been criticism of the way United have been managed as well as a lack of investment in infrastructure.

MUST’s Chris Rumfitt joined White and Jordan on talkSPORT to deliver a verdict on the Ratcliffe reports.

“It’s clearly an interesting development and there’s a lot of speculation about a change in ownership or new investors,” he said.

“In light of all that is happening, we have called for change. The change has to be the right change, though.

“We’re not just going to accept any potential new owner and we have things we want from a new owner.


The Glazers are hugely unpopular with United fans

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The Glazers are hugely unpopular with United fans

“We want them to engage with the culture, philosophy and best traditions of Manchester United.

“We want them to invest real money in the playing team and the stadium and we want them to incorporate supporters into any new ownership model.

“If there’s a new owner coming in, whether it’s Jim Ratcliffe or anybody else, who ticks those boxes, we’d be very interested in talking to them.”

Rumfitt also insisted fans shouldn’t get too excited with the news, but the prospect of Ratcliffe, who is a United supporter, was promising.

He said: “It’s encouraging, but we’ve had false auroras before. As a group of supporters, and as Manchester United fans in general, this is encouraging, but we are also cautious.

Fans continue to protest the Glazers, and that probably won't change

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Fans continue to protest the Glazers, and that probably won’t change

“We will impose conditions on any new owner, we will. We believe in shareholder support and are encouraged by the possibility of change, but it has to be the right change.

“I hope any good new owner wouldn’t see it as a condition, but welcome it.”

He added: “He got involved in other sports organizations. Obviously the cycling team, the Nice Football Club, which seems to be doing some interesting things in the south of France.

“There’s a track record there, which would make him a potentially interesting person to talk to and a potential future owner.”

Protests have continued against the Glazers, with the latest taking place before their 2-1 loss to Brighton on the opening weekend of the season.

Serious investment is needed to bring Old Trafford into the modern era

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Serious investment is needed to bring Old Trafford into the modern era

This probably won’t change unless there is significant progress.

Rumfitt added: “If it’s just at the stadium, it’s now speculation with nothing properly confirmed, I wouldn’t have thought it would change anything.

“It’s a sign of hope. United fans have had their fingers burnt before, so it will be hope tinged with caution.

“I doubt it will change anything in the short term unless things get clearer or more substantial.”

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