Man Utd takeover: Sheikh Jassim base and Jim Ratcliffe asked exact ‘impressive question’

Man Utd takeover: Sheikh Jassim base and Jim Ratcliffe asked exact ‘impressive question’

According to reports, Manchester United acquisition candidates Sheikh Jassim and Sir Jim Ratcliffe were both very interested in redevelopment plans for Old Trafford during their March visits. Both parties have pledged to upgrade the stadium and training facility should they acquire the club from the Glazers.

Collette Roche, United’s chief operating officer, spoke with the Qatari camp and Britain’s wealthiest individual when they visited Old Trafford. And she verified that they were very interested in enhancing the Red Devils’ home.

Each investor asked me this question, as it is an intriguing one, Roche told the Athletic. “It all depends on: one, how much money people are willing to invest; two, how much disruption we’re willing to endure, as rebuilding or redeveloping a stadium is not an easy task, as we’ve seen at other clubs; and three, how long people expect to receive a return on their investment. I believe these are concerns that can only be answered by the purchaser.”

Old Trafford is the second largest stadium in England, but it has not been chosen to stage a Euro 2028 match. However, supporters throughout the city will be able to watch the international tournament at Etihad Stadium.
United’s stadium should regain the prestige it once held, when it was frequently selected to host England national team matches and FA Cup semi-finals, if the facilities are upgraded.

Roche added, “There are numerous options for redeveloping or, alternatively, constructing something new on the same footprint. We’ve spent a considerable amount of effort over the past several years acquiring land in the region to protect this decision. Thus, these options are potentially available to us. I would say that nothing is impossible, but obtaining planning permission and crossing the railroad will present challenges.

Before any significant decisions are made, the manager of the first team, Erik ten Hag, will be briefed so as not to interfere with his plans.

United’s director of supporter engagement, Rich McGagh, explained that disruption to the team is also a consideration. What does it appear and feel like to them to play in front of a three-quarter (built) stadium for a period of time? Will this have a negative effect on performance? Regarding this, there will be discussions with the performance team. There will be no stone left uncovered.”

Man Utd takeover: Sheikh Jassim base and Jim Ratcliffe asked exact ‘impressive question’