Man Utd make intriguing appointment as Ratcliffe battles Sheikh Jassim

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Manchester United have appointed the same architects who built Tottenham’s stadium as they consider what to do with Old Trafford, according to reports. Sheikh Jassim and Sir Jim Ratcliffe are both showing takeover interest in the club. And whoever ends up ousting the Glazers will have to spend big on the facilities, particularly when it comes to their grand arena.

According to the Daily Mail, United have appointed the same architects who designed Tottenham’s super stadium.

The north London giants moved into their home, having left White Hart Lane, back in 2019 – proceeding to beat Crystal Palace 2-0 in their opening fixture.

And that suggests United aren’t entirely ruling out the possibility of moving away from Old Trafford and starting from scratch.

The Glazers have allowed the arena to fall into a state of dilapidation in recent years, perhaps reflecting the club’s struggles on the pitch over the past decade.

Just last week, a video surfaced showing the toilets inside the ground leaking – much to the displeasure of fans who were there.

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Past videos have also been published showing the roof leaking, prompting much mockery from rival fans online as a result.

For now, a decision is yet to be reached on what happens with Old Trafford.

But with the Glazers open to selling up, after 18 controversial years in charge, it appears that decision will be taken by whoever comes in next.

Sheikh Jassim is one candidate interested in buying United.

Members of his entourage arrived in Manchester for talks on Thursday, with the discussions reportedly ‘positive’ behind the scenes.

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Ratcliffe is also interested, with the INEOS chief long an admirer of the club.

The British billionaire previously missed out on purchasing Chelsea last year, with Todd Boehly winning that battle instead.

Yet Ratcliffe is hoping that, by attending talks on Friday in person, he’ll be able to get an edge when it comes to this particular fight.

Two other parties, believed to be from the United States, are also in the mix.

And things should become clearer in the coming days, with the Glazers described as ‘determined sellers’ at present.

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Meanwhile, earlier this week, former United star Gary Neville backed plans to demolish Old Trafford and build a new ‘super stadium’ instead.

“There is a story emerging today from Old Trafford that they might be looking to rebuild the entire stadium and I have just been asked what I think of it,” he said in a video posted on Instagram.

“I actually think that it would be the right move.

“I think that by the time that they have spent money on Old Trafford, the existing one, then I think you would probably be better off building a brand new, super stadium.

“I do think that Manchester United should always be at the forefront of stadiums, best facilities and they have fallen behind.”

Jamie Carragher then quizzed Neville if he would back the Glazers if they built a new stadium.

Responding to that question, the Red Devils icon added: “No, not particularly. I do think it’s time for them to sell. I do think that they’ve, to be fair, overstayed their welcome.

“I think the fact that they said they would engage with the fans three, four, five months ago and they haven’t done since is not good enough. I think it would be a breath of fresh air.

“But I do think the stadium needs redevelopment. It’s fallen behind many other stadiums, not just in this country, but obviously in Europe and I do think they need to rebuild that stadium.”

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