Sir Jim Ratcliffe will offer Manchester United something they are crying out for
Manchester United's supporters have waited a full year for the Glazers' 'strategic review' to be completed and in that time resentment towards the family has only grown.
Speculation around the future of the club grew with every passing month as contenders came and went. From Thomas Zilliacus to Sheikh Jassim bin Hamad Al-Thani, billionaires from far and wide attempted to throw their hats in the ring.
But, as we have come to expect from those at the top of the tree, there was a distinct lack of communication as to what exactly the Glazers were looking for in a buyer or investor. All this did was fuel the rumours and increase the distrust emanating from Old Trafford.
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Ultimately their ambiguity in regards to what they wanted meant Sir Jim Ratcliffe's acquisition of a 25 per cent stake in the club was received with scepticism. How could United fans trust somebody who is happy to go into business with the Glazers?
But since Sheikh Jassim dropped out of the contest in October, there have been signs of positivity to be found with the INEOS arrival. Not only is Ratcliffe expected to take over the football side of the business, the boyhood fan's ideas on how to run a club are far beyond what the Reds have come to expect.
Speaking to The Telegraph, Nice's manager Francesco Farioli explained how the INEOS project manifests itself day-to-day. "I like to listen to the feedback I receive because it's good to have different perspectives and different input," he explained.
"Afterwards, I have freedom in the decisions on the pitch. In other things, a bit more for the medium and long term, there is always