There hasn’t been a lot of good news for Manchester United so far this summer.
While hope seemed renewed following some encouraging pre-season performances, it has evaporated alarmingly quickly after their Premier League campaign lurched clumsily into action.
A loss to Brighton on the opening day followed up by a bona-fide drubbing at the hands of an inspired Brentford sees United propping up the table after just two weeks of the season.
Erik ten Hag doesn’t seem to have been given the backing he wanted to build the squad he desires and the mountain that the Dutch manager now needs to climb seems almost insurmountable.
Throw in the controversy surrounding the future of Cristiano Ronaldo, and you’re left with a regular witch’s brew of problems that no new manager would want to have on his hands.
The fans, who are ready to lynch the owners at the first opportunity, are rapidly falling out of love with the club as well.
Fortunately though, there may be some joy on the very distant horizon after Britain’s richest man and lifelong United fan Sir Jim Ratcliffe declared his interest in buying the club.
With rumours circulating that the much-maligned Glazer mafia are considering selling their stake in the club, there may be a fresh new dawn around the corner.
So, in the age of the mega-money owner, where would Sir Jim rank among his contemporaries were he ever to get the purchase of United over the line?
Well, we can answer that exact question below as we rank the Premier League’s richest owners based on their net-worth.
The richest owners in the Premier League
- 20. Brentford – Matthew Benham (£3m)
- 19. Leeds – Andrea Radrizzani (£344m)
- 18. Nottingham Forest – Evangelos Marinakis (£505m)
- 17. Brighton – Tony Bloom (£765m)
- 16. Bournemouth – Maxim Denim (£900m)
- 15. West Ham – David Sullivan and David Gold (£1.62bn)
- 14. Everton – Farhad Moshiri (£1.9bn)
- 13. Liverpool – John Henry (£2.14bn)
- 12. Southampton – Gao Jisheng (£2.3bn)
- 11. Leicester – Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha (£2.9bn)
- 10 Crystal Palace – Joshua Harris (£3.36bn)
- 9. Manchester United – The Glazers (£3.5bn)
- 8. Tottenham – Joe Lewis (£3.6bn)
- 7. Wolves – Guo Guangchang (£4.5bn)
- 6. Aston Villa – Nassef Sawiris (£5.3bn)
- 5. Fulham – Shahid Khan (£5.8bn)
- 4. Arsenal – Stan Kroenke (£6.35bn)
- 3. Chelsea – Todd Boehly and Clearlake Capital (£10.86bn)
- (Manchester United – Sir Jim Ratcliffe £12.5 billion)
- 2. Man City – Sheikh Mansour (£22.9bn)
- 1. Newcastle – Saudi Public Investment Fund (£320bn)
So there you have. Thanks to his impressive net-worth, Sir Jim would take up the final spot on the podium when it comes to the battle to be the richest owner in the English top flight.
Of course, it is worth mentioning that any sale that may or may not happen is still some way off but for United fans it is the first morsel of good news they’ve had in quite some time.
The Old Trafford faithful deserve a better United than this, and maybe, just maybe, Ratcliffe can be the man to deliver it.