Britain’s richest man Sir Jim Ratcliffe said the Glazers, who hold the rights to Manchester United, have refused to discuss a possible sale.
Ratcliffe, 69, who owns chemical industry giant Ineos, had an undisguised interest in the Red Devils. He is in charge of the French club Nice, and in May he made an offer for the English Chelsea.
The billionaire met personally with brothers Joel and Avram Glazer.
“The club is owned by six sons and they have no intention of selling. I met Joel and Avram and they behaved very well. They are real gentlemen. If it was about Chelsea, I could negotiate in the summer. But now with Manchester United, no I can stand and hope that one day the club will be for sale,” said Ratcliffe, referring to the uncertainty of such deals.
The Glazer family bought Manchester United in 2005, and after the departure of Sir Alex Ferguson in 2013, the club failed to win the Premier League title. In this period, he won the FA Cup, the League Cup and the Europa League once.
In recent years, United fans have staged monthly protests against the club’s owners, calling for them to sell. Dissatisfaction is caused by the bad management of the club and the lack of a long-term plan for success.