Manchester United fans did their best to tempt fate by editing Sir Jim Ratcliffe’s Wikipedia page to incorrectly name him as the owner of the club.
Ratcliffe, the billionaire owner of chemicals company Ineos, has thrown his name in the hat to take over at Old Trafford amid calls for the Glazers’ current owners to leave.
The American tycoons have faced protests from supporters since arriving in 2005 over the financial constraints they have imposed on the club, while taking millions of pounds in dividends for their own personal gain.
And United’s dismal start to the season under new manager Erik ten Hag, who lost their first two Premier League games, has once again increased the pressure on their unpopular owners.
With fans and pundits calling for them to leave, Ratcliffe expressed his desire to buy out the Glazers from Manchester and gain full control of the club.
In light of this development, United supporters have demonstrated how much they want the 69-year-old to take the reins by tampering with his Wikipedia page.
After being edited by an enthusiastic fan, Ratcliffe’s occupation on the website briefly read: “Chairman and CEO, Owner of Manchester United” before being quickly deleted.
Man United fans have edited Sir Jim Ratcliffe’s Wikipedia to name him the owner of the club
Ratcliffe, Britain’s richest man, threw his name in the hat to take over at Old Trafford
And United fans tried to tempt fate by naming him the club’s owner on his Wikipedia
Ratcliffe, an avowed United fan, recently failed with a £4.25billion bid to buy Chelsea before a Todd Boehly-led consortium took control of Stamford Bridge.
Now Britain’s richest man is targeting the Red Devils, with an Ineos spokesman confirming his interest in succeeding the Glazers.
“If the club is for sale, Jim is definitely a potential buyer,” the spokesman told The Times.
“If something like this were possible, we would be interested in discussing long-term ownership.”
Ineos then added that Ratcliffe would use the investment to upgrade current infrastructure such as a deteriorating Old Trafford, saying the ‘reset’ button was needed.
Red Devils fans have been desperate to see the back of the Glazers for years
“It’s not about money spent or not spent,” they added.
“Jim is looking at what can be done now and, knowing how important the club is to the city, it seems like the time has come for a reset.”
Despite Ratcliffe’s intention to buy United, the Glazers are only willing to sell a minority stake in the club.
As revealed by sports mailthey have entered into exclusive talks with US private equity firm Apollo to sell a small stake in Old Trafford.
It is understood that Apollo may bring in other investors as part of any deal, but the consortium is unlikely to include bidders who missed out on Chelsea’s recent sale, such as Ratcliffe.