The Glazer family, led by Malcolm, have been in control of the Red Devils since striking a £790million deal in 2005, but there is increasing speculation that a change at boardroom level could be on the cards.
What’s the latest news involving a potential takeover at Manchester United?
According to The Times, Ratcliffe wants to buy a stake in Manchester United and is prepared to hold talks with the Glazers.
The report suggests the 69-year-old, who boasts a personal fortune estimated at £6.33billion, is hoping to negotiate a deal which has a view to taking full control of the Red Devils.
However, it is understood that Ratcliffe has not gained a response from the Glazer family since publicly announcing his interest in Manchester United and the Americans have given no indication of being willing to sell the club.
Despite that, Ratcliffe has put plans in place ahead of a potential takeover and would like to appoint Paris Saint-Germain advisor Luis Campos as the Red Devils’ new sporting director.
But the billionaire is facing competition from Chelsea as the Blues have reportedly offered Campos a contract worth just shy of £7million-per-year as they look to fill the same position at Stamford Bridge.
What has Dean Jones said about Ratcliffe?
Jones believes the atmosphere would change if the Glazer family walked away from Manchester United and handed Ratcliffe the keys to Old Trafford.
The journalist feels it would create scenes similar to when Cristiano Ronaldo headed back to the club last year and after Antony found the back of the net on his debut against Arsenal earlier this month.
Jones told GIVEMESPORT: “Inside Old Trafford, the lift would be unbelievable. Think of how it’s been when Ronaldo first returned and what it was like inside Old Trafford or what it was like when Antony scored his first goal.
“If the Glazers weren’t there anymore, it would just create such a harmonious atmosphere.”
Should the Glazer family sell Manchester United?
The Glazer family are not well-liked by a large proportion of the Manchester United fanbase and thousands were involved in a march as they protested against the owners ahead of the victory over arch-rivals Liverpool last month.
The Americans were also criticised by Red Devils legend Gary Neville after they decided to take £11million out of the club in dividends during the summer, so now may be the right time to move on.
However, a takeover by Ratcliffe appears to be unlikely at this stage as, although the Glazers are looking for investment to help fund the redevelopment of Old Trafford, they do not want to hand over the ownership of the Red Devils.