Sir Jim Ratcliffe will reportedly submit a bid for Manchester United after the club was put up for sale earlier this week.

Sir Jim Ratcliffe will reportedly submit a bid for Manchester United after the club was put up for sale earlier this week.

Failsworth-born billionaire Ratcliffe – whose company Ineos owns French outfit OGC Nice – is a United fan and stated his interest in buying the club as recently as August, when fan revolt began to grow against the Glazers again following United’s terrible start to the Premier League season.

The Telegraph reports that Ratcliffe is back at the table and will launch a bid to buy the club, although is keen not to pay over the odds.

The news comes with the Qatar 2022 World Cup now well underway, and Cristiano Ronaldo set to take part in his first game after leaving Manchester United as Portugal square off against Ghana in their Group G clash at 4pm.

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Talk of a potential takeover continues to take centre stage at Old Trafford.

Saudi Arabia showing interest emerged as the leading story from the day but prominent voices also called on Sir Jim Ratcliffe to free the club from the Glazer family.

On the pitch, Cristiano Ronaldo scored for Portugal in his first game since leaving the Red Devils on Tuesday.

Stay tuned to Manchester Evening News as we will be back tomorrow to provide all of your United-related updates.

It has been a whirlwing week for United supporters, with several prospective owners emerging after the Glazers’ welcomed offers to buy the club.

Manchester Evening News has profiled each of the candidates currently in the running.

A profile on the Spanish billionaire reportedly keen on buying Manchester United.

According to Forbes, Ortega is the 19th-richest person in the world.

Cristiano Ronaldo insists he has “closed the chapter” at Man United after helping Portugal earn a victory in their World Cup opener.

The 37-year-old broke the deadlock from the penalty spot in his first appearence since leaving the Red Devils.

“This was a beautiful moment… my fifth World Cup,” Ronaldo said post-match. “We won (and) we started with a very important win. We know the first match is crucial. But also a world record. The first player to score in five World Cups. That makes me proud.

“The most important step is we won. It was a week that finished this chapter (with United). This chapter is closed. We wanted to start well. We won, I could help my team.. all the rest does not matter.”

Michael Knighton has ruled himself out of the running to become Man United owner. The 71-year-old has, however, thrown in weight behind potential suitor Sir Jim Ratcliffe.

Knighton failed in an attempt to buy United in the late 80s and flirted with the possibilty of forming a consortium in August. While still a supporter, he has insisted take centre stage is not for him.

How important is the Theatre of Dreams in any potential takeover?

Samuel Luckhurst’s column provides all of the latest insight below.

Saudi Arabia sports minister Prince Abdulaziz bin Turki Al Faisal has declared that the state would back a private investor in any attempt to but Man United or Liverpool.

Both Premier League club giants have been subject to potential takeovers in recent weeks, signalling the beggining of the end for powerful American ownership in the North West.

Saudi’s Public investment Fund acquired an 80% stake in Newcastle United last October – raising questions about a possible conflict of interest.

Man United supporters have had their say after Cristiano Ronaldo returned to winning ways in the World Cup.

His 65th-minute penalty triggered a goalfest as Portugal triumphed 3-2 over Ghana in their Group H opener.

Fans were quick to react to Ronaldo’s goal just 48 hours after his old Trafford exit was confirmed.

Cristiano Ronaldo has bagged from the spot to give Portugal the lead against Ghana.

The 37-year-old – playing his first game since leaving Manchester United – is the only footballer to score in five World Cups.

Manchester United have an off-field presence during the Portugal vs Ghana fixture.

While Diogo Dalot, Bruno Fernandes represent the Red Devils on the pitch, plenty of replica shirts could be seen in the crowd.

Two supporters were spotted holding a Fernandes shirt – alongside former United striker Cristiano Ronaldo’s jersey.

Following Ronaldo’s departure from Old Trafford earlier this week, the club are set to save up to £16milllion in wages.

Although that is a serious saving, it hardly scratches the surface of the sort of money needed to attract a world class centre forward at the club.

So how much do United have to spend on a striker in January?

It’s half-time in Uruguay’s match against South Korea, with Facundo Pellistri yet to make an impact on the game as the score remains 0-0.

Portugal take on Ghana at 4pm, where Bruno Fernandes, Diogo Dalot and former Red Cristiano Ronaldo will all be involved.

The final game today will see Brazil play Serbia at 7pm, where Antony, Casemiro and Fred, as well as Alex Telles (who is currently on loan at Sevilla) are all set to be involved.

A name that may not be familiar with United fans, but the Spanish billionaire has just registered his interest in buying the club.

After 17 years of ownership under the Glazers, it seems that a sale is edging ever closer.

But who is Amancio Ortega?

Amancio Ortega, the owner of the Inditex empire that owns the fashion chain Zara, is interested in buying United.

Ortega, 86, is worth $61.3billion, according to Forbes, and it is understood he has informed senior executives of his interest in United.

Technology giants Apple are also understood to be exploring a possible takeover after United’s owners, the Glazer family, confirmed they were receptive to selling the club.

Switzerland ran out 1-0 winners against Cameroon in today’s early World Cup kick-off, thanks to a 48th minute strike from Breel Embolo.

Next up is Uruguay vs South Korea in the 1pm slot, and United youngster Pellistri starts for the South American side.

The 20-year-old is yet to start for United, but has just been given his chance to show Erik ten Hag what he has to offer during his time in Qatar.

The Daily Star have reported that technology giants Apple are ‘interested’ in buying the club for a whopping £5.8billion.

They report that CEO Tim Cook is ‘keen’ to explore the opportunities owning United could provide – and will line up talks with the banks appointed to oversee the sale, which include The Raine Group.

The news comes after the Daily Telegraph reported last night that Sir Jim Ratcliffe will bid for United, but the British billionaire now looks set for some fierce competition if he is to get his hands on his boyhood club after all.

Three months on from declaring Sir Jim Ratcliffe’s interest in ending the Glazer family’s occupation of Manchester United, the response on behalf of Failsworth’s most famous son now the club is officially for sale was “no comment from us on United”.

On October 13, Ratcliffe said at a Financial Times event: “We can’t sit around hoping that one day Manchester United will become available.” That day arrived 40 days later.

Ratcliffe will take a long, hard look at United. The head of the Ineos petrochemicals empire is a driven enough billionaire to have bankrollled Eliud Kipchoge’s successful effort to run a marathon inside two hours, the Team Sky cycling team have been rebranded as Ineos Grenadiers, Ben Ainslie’s neverending quest to win the Americas Cup is supported by Ratcliffe and Nice have risen from mid-table Ligue 1 fodder to Champions League qualifying contenders.

Lee Sharpe thinks it’s ‘difficult’ for Roy Keane to continue to defend Ronaldo.

Avram Glazer declined the opportunity to dispute Cristiano Ronaldo’s claim that the club’s owners don’t care about Manchester United.

During his interview with Piers Morgan that was released last week Ronaldo questioned the Glazers and confirmed he had never spoken to a member of the family.

“The Glazers, they don’t care about the club. I mean, professional sport, as you know, Manchester is a marketing club,” Ronaldo said. “They will get money from the marketing – the sport, it’s, they don’t really care, in my opinion.

Chelsea are the favourites to sign Ronaldo.

Cristiano Ronaldo next club odds

Chelsea: 5/2
Sporting Lisbon: 7/2
Any Saudi Arabian Club: 6/1
Any MLS Club, Newcastle: 15/2
Bayern Munich: 9/1
Real Madrid: 10/1

Jadon Sancho is working with Dutch coaches in the Netherlands on the advice of Erik ten Hag in order to keep fit and refocus during the World Cup break.

Sancho started the season encouragingly for United but his form has dropped off in recent weeks leading him to missing out on a place in England’s World Cup squad.

The winger has contributed just two goals and one assist in the Premier League this season and has not started for United in over a month.

Jordan Pickford thinks Harry Magure deserves more respect.

United co-owner Avram Glazer has spoken about the club for the first time since it was put up for sale.

United announced on Tuesday night they were ‘exploring strategic opportunities’ for the club, which could include selling it. The Glazers are majority shareholders at Old Trafford and supporters have protested against their ownership for years.

The statement from the club also said: “Manchester United does not intend to make further announcements regarding the review unless and until the board has approved a specific transaction or other course of action requiring a formal announcement.”

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