In Briefs

  • FA has approved his 27 per cent purchase of the club.
  • He set out his ambition to challenge City and Liverpool for domestic and European silverware

Sir Jim Ratcliffe has echoed two of Sir Alex Ferguson’s famous lines by vowing to knock “noisy neighbours” Manchester City and Liverpool “off their perch” within three years as he set out his vision to rebuild Manchester United.

Ratcliffe  has supported since the club since the  age of six after completing the purchase of a 27.7 per cent stake which delegates control of football operations to his company INEOS.

He set out his ambition to challenge City and Liverpool for domestic and European silverware, using the famous sentiment of United’s great former manager, but called on fans to be patient, insisting it will take two or three seasons at least for INEOS to get the club to where he wants them to be.

“There is nothing I would like better than to knock both of them off their perch” he said.

In 2002, Ferguson said his “greatest challenge was knocking Liverpool right off their f****** perch”, and he went on to surpass their rivals’ league title tally, while he branded City as the “noisy neighbours”.

Longer Term Plans

In the longer term, he is looking to work with the public sector on either building a new £2bn stadium to regenerate the area around the Old Trafford, which he envisages hosting England games and FA Cup finals, or redevelop the existing site at a cost of £1bn.

“We have a lot to learn from our noisy neighbour and the other neighbour (Liverpool). They are the enemy at the end of the day,There is nothing I would like better than to knock both of them off their perch. Equally, we are the three great northern clubs who are very close to one another.” Ratcliffe said.

February 21, 2024

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