Sir Jim called Man Utd owners the Glazers ‘the nicest people’ after meeting

Sir Jim Ratcliffe – who, on Tuesday, formally announced his plans to buy Manchester United – has already met the Glazers, and he was quick to sing their praises.

Speaking at an event hosted by the Financial Times over the summer, Radcliffe was asked about his Chelsea bid, and the Red Devils. He responded: "Manchester United is owned by the Glazer family whom I have met.

"I've met Joel and Avram and they are the nicest people, I have to say, they are proper gentlemen. If it had been for sale in the summer then, yes, we would have probably had a go following on from the Chelsea thing.

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"But we can't sit around hoping that one day Manchester United will become available. We have an exciting sporting franchise, but the one thing that we don't have is a Premier [League] team."

Radcliffe is the founder and CEO of the chemicals group INEOS – which is believed to have an annual turnover of just over £52billion. And the Brit has been quick to splash the cash in the sporting world, from Tour de France teams to sponsoring New Zealand's rugby side.

The Brit also currently owns two football teams, most notably French side Nice.

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In November, United said: "The process is designed to enhance the club's future growth, with the ultimate goal of positioning the club to capitalise on opportunities both on the pitch and commercially.

"As part of this process, the board will consider all strategic alternatives, including new investment into the club, a sale, or other transactions involving the company."


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