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Sir Jim Ratcliffe explains Glazer problem that makes Man United “a challenge”



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New Manchester United owner Sir Jim Ratcliffe has admitted that returning Manchester United to their past glories will be a massive “challenge“.

Over the last decade, United have fallen behind several of their Premier League rivals, with Manchester City and Liverpool regularly battling for the league title, whilst United have failed to offer anything resembling a title challenge.

Finishing second just twice in the last decade, Old Trafford in need of refurbishment, and Erik ten Hag’s squad losing just two fewer games than 17th-placed Everton this season, the task for Sir Jim Ratcliffe is huge.

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Having already accepted that the structure around Ten Hag has become ‘outdated’, Ratcliffe is aware of the issues he and INEOS will need to fix after their 25% ownership of the club was confirmed.

Ratcliffe has spoken at length about the club, explaining that he feels the last 11 years, which has seen the Glazer family cause problems at the club through poor decision-making and bad recruitment, makes his task at the club enormous.

Asked how great the challenge he and INEOS will face at United will be, Ratcliffe admitted that the challenge they face is “enormous.”

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“I don’t know about the biggest thing in my career. But certainly, the biggest challenge in sport that we’ve undertaken,” Ratcliffe told the Manchester Evening News. “It’s enormous – and the club is enormous, I have to say.

“The tentacles reach around the world, don’t they? Everywhere I go in the world it’s Manchester United. It affects an awful lot of people on the planet and getting it right is not easy.

“We’ve got to get so many aspects of that club right. And the right people doing the right thing at the right time and doing it well.

“It’s a very complex problem, really, football. That’s surprising considering it’s just putting 11 players on a football field, and they run around. But it’s very complex getting there.”