Simon Jordan rips into Ratcliffe ‘idea’ and makes worrying Man Utd comment

Man Utd are making huge changes ahead of Sir Jim Ratcliffe coming into the club | Football Digest

Former Crystal Palace chairman Simon Jordan has dismissed the notion that Sir Jim Ratcliffe will be the saviour Manchester United fans have been crying out for. The British billionaire businessman is set to complete a 25-per-cent buy-in at Old Trafford and take a significant chunk of sporting control away from the Glazers.

United’s current owners have become hugely unpopular since acquiring the club in 2005. But a wave of fan protests didn’t stop them sticking around, with Glazer brothers Joel and Avram poised to remain prominent figures in the club’s boardroom.

Despite Sir Jim’s arrival marking the biggest change to the Glazers’ stewardship since they landed at Old Trafford, Jordan believes that the share purchase will not financially transform the club, which is a worrying prospect for United fans to digest.

“The idea that Ratcliffe will be some kind of saviour riding in to deliver everything supporters have been crying out for is for the birds, as is the idea he is the financial light to the Glazers dark,” he wrote in The Daily Mail.

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“Let’s see if the money he buys the shares with is actually from his own pocket and if it finds its way into United’s coffers rather than the hands of the existing shareholders – predominately the Glazers – with this amazing act of philanthropy.

“What he will bring is a fresh set of eyes and he could bring some much-needed coherency to the decision-making process of buying and selling players and employing managers. But Ratcliffe won’t solve all of United’s problems and supporters should be careful what kind of dreams they want to have because they could end up on Elm Street.”

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United have spent vast transfer sums to give manager Erik ten Hag a squad capable of challenging domestically and in Europe. But the Dutchman found himself under pressure at the start of the season, with his raft of new arrivals taking time to gel on the pitch.

Things have picked up since for the Red Devils, although Jordan, who spent a decade as Palace chairman, believes that they should look towards bitter rivals Manchester City for guidance on how to run a club successfully.

“[Sir Jim] could do worse than draw inspiration from Manchester City,” he continued. “Pep Guardiola has changed that club beyond recognition. They’ve gone from a title-winning side under Roberto Mancini and Manuel Pellegrini to a team so good they defy conventional wisdom.

“Their success hasn’t just come from Guardiola though, it’s come from the support he was given to deploy a clear vision and reach the target the club set for him. Ironically, that’s what United need, to think a bit more like City.”

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