According to reports from The Sun, Sir Jim Ratcliffe, the British billionaire and owner of INEOS, is poised to take control of Manchester United’s football operations. It is anticipated that on Monday, Ratcliffe could make significant changes, potentially leading to the dismissal of key figures such as CEO Richard Arnold, football director John Murtough, and director of football operations David Harrison.
Ratcliffe, who is nearing the acquisition of a 25% stake in the club, is expected to assert his influence on major footballing decisions starting next week. The OGC Nice owner is reportedly dismayed by Manchester United’s extravagant spending of approximately £1.4 billion on players since the departure of Sir Alex Ferguson in 2013, resulting in only one FA Cup, two League Cups, and a Europa League title.
Expressing concern over the team’s performance in recent years, Ratcliffe is considering a significant overhaul at Manchester United. This puts the positions of Arnold, Murtough, and Harrison in jeopardy.
Sir Dave Brailsford, the right-hand man of INEOS director of sports, is expected to join Ratcliffe at Manchester United and play a crucial role in key decision-making processes. The move is part of Ratcliffe’s plan to address the underwhelming campaigns the Red Devils have experienced.
The club’s previous CEO, Ed Woodward, served from 2012 to 2022 before being succeeded by Arnold. Murtough assumed the role of director of football in March 2021 after spending five years as the director of development, while Harrison was appointed in February of the same year.
Ratcliffe’s concerns also extend to the performance of high-profile signings, including Paul Pogba, Romelu Lukaku, and Angel Di Maria, who failed to live up to expectations. Additionally, recent acquisitions such as Antony, Jadon Sancho, Anthony Martial, and Donny van de Beek have yet to deliver the desired results.
Manager Erik ten Hag’s signings during the last summer transfer window, including Andre Onana, Mason Mount, Rasmus Hojlund, and Sofyan Amrabat, have faced mixed outcomes, with only the Denmark international managing to make a positive impression despite being goalless in the Premier League.