Mark Goldbridge believes that Sir Jim Ratcliffe will not be the only interested party bidding for a takeover of Manchester United.
News recently broke of Ratcliffe’s formal interest in buying the club as the Glazers put United up for sale, but as time goes on, the Manchester-born billionaire may not be the only one competing for a takeover.
Whilst United fans may be delighted that a fan of the club could succeed the Glazers, Goldbridge has claimed that as the current owners will choose who to sell to, and it is far from guaranteed that they would pick the most desirable owner.
Speaking on The United Stand, he said: “There is going to be a lot of interest in buying Manchester United, as we know. It means that INEOS, Sir Jim Ratcliffe, are the first people to declare their interest in buying Manchester United, as we know. And it also means that there will be other people who are going to bid.
“Sir Jim Ratcliffe is not going to be the only bidder, and I’m sure there’s plenty of fans out there who wish that was the case, ‘just give it to Sir Jim’; ‘give it to him for £2bn and then he’s got loads of money to spend’.
“I think that’d be very interesting, but that’s not going to happen. The Glazers want a bidding war, and I personally don’t think the Glazers care who buys the club.”
United’s problems under the Glazers, which have seen the club go nearly 10 years without winning a Premier League title, amongst other off-pitch issues, have caused United fans to protest heavily against the ownership.
Should Ratcliffe come in, many may see it as a positive step given his allegiance to the club and may hope that he takes a more active role in helping improve the club’s fortunes, as well as engaging with fans more.
Some may argue that owners with similar spending power to the likes of Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain may be necessary, but given that United have spent a lot on player recruitment in recent years, this is arguably not the main problem at the club.
We feel United’s new owners need to take a more hands-on approach in making smart appointments and transfers, and even if they do not invest much more into the playing squad than the club currently do with self-generated funds, if they develop a better long-term strategy with qualified people in charge, they will likely see more success than the Glazers have in recent years.