Manchester United have struggled so far this season
Britain’s richest man Sir Jim Ratcliffe believes buying Manchester United from the Glazers in the current climate would be ‘dumb’.
Manchester United have struggled since the retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson with David Moyes, Louis van Gaal, Jose Mourinho and now Ole Gunnar Solskjaer all having spells as manager.
The Red Devils currently sit nine points behind Manchester City in fourth as they look to qualify for the Champions League next season.
And Ratcliffe is adamant the club is a mess and would be an unwise investment to make right now.
“Not at the moment, no,” Ratcliffe told The Times, when asked about buying United.
“They are in quite a big pickle as a business.
“They haven’t got the manager selection right, haven’t bought well. They have been the dumb money, which you see with players like Fred.
“We won’t look elsewhere until we have had a good run here [at Nice]. We need to find out how to be successful before you ever want to write a big cheque. It’s quite difficult.
“United have spent an immense amount since Ferguson left and been poor, to put it mildly. Shockingly poor, to be honest.
“We have a different approach here to be moderately intelligent about it. Try to do it more grass roots, trying to locate young talent.
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“Some clubs seem to have an ability to do that, Southampton, Lille. United have done it really poorly. They have lost the plot there somehow.”
United return to Premier League action tomorrow when they travel to Sheffield United (4.30pm).
The Red Devils will look to continue their good form from before the international break.