Sir Jim Ratcliffe's first words after Man Utd deal announced as lifelong fan gets to work


Sir Jim Ratcliffe has spoken out after his acquisition of 25 per cent of Manchester United was confirmed by the club on Sunday. The INEOS owner addressed supporters in an extended message which emphasised how he intends to make a long-term impact at his boyhood club.

Ratcliffe was initially keen to purchase United entirely after the Glazers announced that they were open to entertaining offers. However, like rival bidder Sheikh Jassim, the Brit was priced out of the move and ultimately forced to settle for a smaller share of his boyhood club.

The 71-year-old is expected to shake up the Red Devils’ ranks upon his arrival, with fresh faces anticipated in numerous departments. Ratcliffe is keen to get to work in improving United’s transfer business, having forked out significant fees on sub-par players in recent years, and a fire sale is anticipated in January as a result.

United’s announcement of Ratcliffe’s arrival will be an early Christmas present to supporters, and his statement will provide hope for the future following this weekend’s horrific performance against West Ham.

In a statement released alongside the official announcement, Ratcliffe said: “As a local boy and a lifelong supporter of the Club, I am very pleased that we have been able to agree a deal with the Manchester United Board that delegates us management responsibility of the football operations of the Club. Whilst the commercial success of the Club has ensured there have always been available funds to win trophies at the highest level, this potential has not been fully unlocked in recent times.

“We will bring the global knowledge, expertise and talent from the wider INEOS Sport group to help drive further improvement at the Club, while also providing funds intended to enable future investment into Old Trafford.

“We are here for the long term and recognise that a lot of challenges and hard work lie ahead, which we will approach with rigour, professionalism and passion. We are committed to working with everyone at the Club – the Board, staff, players and fans – to help drive the Club forward. 

“Our shared ambition is clear: we all want to see Manchester United back where we belong, at the very top of English, European and world football.” It remains to be seen whether Ratcliffe has enough time to make his mark on United in the January window, with Erik ten Hag keen to orchestrate a rebuild of several departments.

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