Manchester United is reportedly on the brink of a significant shift in its structural landscape as the Ineos Group, led by lifelong United supporter Sir Jim Ratcliffe, is gearing up for a potential 25 per cent investment in the club. The deal, said to be worth around £1.3 billion, comes amid hesitancy from the current stakeholders, the Glazers, to relinquish full ownership.
Despite this substantial move, United’s co-chairman, Joel Glazer, has yet to have a direct conversation with the team’s manager, Erik ten Hag, about Ineos’s intentions. However, there are whispers that Sir David Brailsford, associated with the Ineos Group, could be taking a pivotal role in managing United’s football endeavors.
The control over key football decisions has historically been in the hands of Joel Glazer, who hasn’t been spotted at a United match since 2019. It’s notable that John Murtough became the football director in 2021, with Matt Hargreaves joining the ranks as the director of football negotiations in the current year.
The club has demonstrated substantial faith in Ten Hag’s leadership, channeling an impressive £406m into player acquisitions over two successive summer windows.
Regarding the looming reorganization, Ten Hag stated, “At this moment, I’m not involved so I don’t know. What I know are the agreements I made when I signed my contract. Until I hear anything I will just keep focussing on my job, focusing on this structure, winning games and trying to get the best out of the season.”