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SIR JIM RATCLIFFE, Britain's richest man, is set to bid for Manchester United, according to reports.

The Glazers confirmed on Tuesday night they are putting the club up for sale after 17 years at the helm.

It comes just one month after Ratcliffe declared his interest in the club but claimed the Glazers were not interested in selling.

The stock for Manchester United has already risen by £336million after the Glazers statement that the club is up for SALE.

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  • Kiro Evans

    Knight in Shining Armour

    Britain's richest man Sir Jim Ratcliffe is reportedly set to bid for Manchester United, according to reports.

    The Glazers confirmed on Tuesday night they are putting the club up for sale after 17 years at the helm.

    And SunSport now understands billionaire Ratcliffe, a Man Utd fan, is expected to table a bid to buy the Old Trafford outfit.

    However, he will only pay as high as £5billion for the club.

    That could present an issue as the Glazers value the club between £6-8bn.

    It comes just one month after Ratcliffe declared his interest in the club but claimed the Glazers were not interested in selling.

    Read the full developing story on the future of Manchester United here.

  • Kiro Evans

    Ron Move

    Cristiano Ronaldo stayed at Manchester United for too long and his bombshell interview ended up being the "tipping point", according to Roy Keane.

    The pundit claims the five-time Ballon d'Or winner's dramatic exit from Old Trafford had long been "on the cards" following the 37-year-old parting company with the club yesterday.

    Keane told ITV: "It has been on cards for the last few months. The interview was the tipping point. It is like a divorce, the end of a relationship.

    "He should have left in the summer, the new manager was never going to play him. You cannot have Ronaldo as a fringe player, it is just not right.

    "You do have to treat the top players differently. I don’t want to go down the road again about pressing, Ronaldo did not come back to the club to do that, he came back to score goals."

  • Kiro Evans

    No Comment

    Portugal's press officer REFUSED to allow Manchester United star Bruno Fernandes to answer questions about Cristiano Ronaldo in English and turned the FIFA translator off.

    The shocking incident took place during the pre-match press conference ahead of the Portuguese national team's World Cup opener against Ghana.

    A British journalist was given the floor and immediately apologised for asking in English.

    But the Portuguese press officer immediately shook his head and insisted Fernandes will not answer in English.

    The reporter, though, kept at it as he asked the playmaker if he's concerned about the state he will find United when he returns after Ronaldo's exit and the club being put up for sale.

    The 28-year-old responded in Portuguese but the FIFA translator was shocking turned off.

    Real all about the bizarre press conference here.

  • Kiro Evans

    Devil's in the Detail

    Just hours after Cristiano Ronaldo was sacked by Manchester United, it was revealed the Red Devils had been put up for sale by the Glazers.

    The controversial American owners have announced they are to "explore strategic alternatives for the club".

    After years of protests from the United faithful, the Glazers are now prepared to sell the club outright, with arch-rivals Liverpool also up for sale.

    And a deal to for the Red Devils could be worth up to £9BILLION.

    Britain's richest man and United fan Sir Jim Ratcliffe has previously expressed his interest in pursuing a deal.

    With others such as tech billionaire and Twitter owner Elon Musk also potentially in the hunt, read SunSport's breakdown on who could be in the running to be Manchester United's new owners.

  • Kiro Evans

    Back to Business

    Cristiano Ronaldo has been pictured back in training for the first time since he became a free agent.

    Manchester United tore up the contract of their 37-year-old star after his inflammatory with Piers Morgan.

    Amid the drama with his club, Ronaldo has to try and get his mind back to action on the pitch.

    Portugal's World Cup kicks off tomorrow with a game against Ghana.

    Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo during a training session at the Al Shahaniya Sports Club, Al Shahaniya. Picture date: Wednesday November 23, 2022. PA Photo.Credit: PA
  • Tony Robertson


    Unemployed Cristiano Ronaldo is missing out on an eye-watering £71,000-a-day at the World Cup after having his contract ripped up by Manchester United.

    The 37-year-old football icon angered United with an explosive sit-down interview with SunSport columnist and TalkTV main man Piers Morgan.

    Five-time Ballon d'Or winner Ronaldo accused Man Utd of betrayal, and slammed the lack of investment in the club's infrastructure.

    Ronaldo got his wish of an exit from Old Trafford, albeit a few months late, after slamming the club, with United ripping up his £500,000-a-week contract.

    The Portugal captain had seven months left on his deal for which he was taking home around £71,000-a-day.

    Whether Ronaldo's next move at club level is revealed during the World Cup is yet to be seen.

  • Tony Robertson

    Boehl-ing for more

    Exclusive: Chelsea are unlikely to make a daring move for Cristiano Ronaldo now he is a free agent.

    The Blues are second favourites behind Sporting Lisbon to pick up the pieces now the Portuguese superstar's departure from Manchester United is confirmed.

    Chelsea were interested in Ronaldo last summer but it was mainly the dream of new owner and chairman Todd Boehly to land him as a marquee signing.

    It led to a clash of wills with former manager Thomas Tuchel who insisted at the time that defenders were the priority – but having since been replaced by Potter a new bid could be made.

    A Blues source told SunSport: "Chelsea have gone cold on him.

    "But if Todd Boehly decided to change his mind he would take some stopping."

    Read the full exclusive story here.

  • Tony Robertson

    Keane revenge

    Roy Keane claimed it was nice to see England “get a taste of their own medicine” when Jamal Musiala switched his allegiance to Germany.

    The Bayern Munich wonderkid, 19, turned out for the Three Lions at youth level, playing for their Under-21s as recently as 2020.

    Discussing the former Chelsea starlet’s decision ahead of today’s clash between Germany and Japan, Irishman Roy Keane had no sympathy. In fact, he revelled in it.

    The Manchester United legend said: “It’s nice to see England get a taste of their own medicine because they took players… (Declan) Rice, (Jack) Grealish – don’t get me started on that.

    “When players make that decision it’s not easy, you have to respect it, of course.”

  • Tony Robertson

    Sharp tongue

    Carlos Queiroz has accused an Iranian media outlet of helping the England team by revealing his starting line-up.

    Sports news website Varsesh 3 published what it predicted would be Queiroz’s Team Melli XI on Monday morning.

    That was just hours before the opener against Three Lions kicked off and Iran went on to lose 6-2 at the Khalifa Stadium in Doha.

    Queiroz was not best pleased and sarcastically congratulated a reporter today at the end of his press huddle following the team’s training session.

    The former Man Utd assistant said: “I cannot finish my statement without congratulating Varzesh 3. 

    “Congratulations. Because you did a good job putting our starting line-up in the press for the morning for the English team, congratulations.

    “You are really a great hero, congratulations, good job.” 

  • Tony Robertson

    ‘Dream to play with Ronaldo’

    Bruno Fernandes says it was a dream to play with Cristiano Ronaldo at Manchester United.

    And he says neither of them will allow the players departure from the club to derail them from their goal in Qatar of World Cup glory.

    Fernnades said: It was a privilege to play with Cristiano at the club, a dream and I’ve always said that.

    “Cristiano has always been an inspiration for me. It was a dream come true to be able to play with Cristiano, it was great for me and good while it lasted.

    “Cristiano took a different decision for his life, his career and we have to respect such decisions. Every decision has to be respected.

    “We as players but also as parents, brothers, we know it might be difficult to take some decisions but these decisions have to be for the wellness for ourselves and our families.”

    Neil Custis

  • Tony Robertson

    Tempting offer

    Cristiano Ronaldo has received his first offer since becoming unemployed with 14th-tier AFC Crewe offering the five-time Ballon d'Or winner a club-record £35-a-week.

    Manchester United and Ronaldo, 37, parted ways mid-season following the player's explosive sit-down interview with SunSport columnist and TalkTV main man Piers Morgan.

    And non-league AFC Crewe have seized the opportunity to try and sign the legendary forward on a club-record £35-a-week – a significant decrease on the £500,000-a-week contract he had at United.

    The 14th-tier side, playing in the Crewe and District League Premier Division, had a whip-round to fund the transfer of the free agent.

    They tweeted: "We can confirm that the club has made an official approach to sign free agent Cristiano Ronaldo on a one year deal.

    "Should Cristiano accept the offer, he would become AFC Crewe’s highest paid player, taking home £35 per week."

  • Tony Robertson

    Ron trouble

    BREAKING: Cristiano Ronaldo has been handed a two-game ban and fined £60,000 by the Football Association for knocking a fan’s phone to the ground.

    The 37-year-old, who is now a free agent after having his Manchester United contract was terminated, was charged with “improper and/or violent” following the incident at Everton in April.

    The FA are due to officially announce Ronaldo’s punishment later this afternoon.

    And they will provide the full written reasons behind their decision for the sanction also.

    Both Chelsea and Newcastle have been linked with a swoop for the Portuguese legend.

    However, this now means that he will be suspended for two games if he joins another Premier League club.

  • Tony Robertson

    Owner odds

    Here are the latest odds for who Man Utd's next owner could be, courtesy of BonusCodeBets:

    Sir Jim Ratcliffe 3/1

    Investment Corporation of Dubai 5/1

    Elon Musk 7/1

    Nick Candy 8/1

    David Beckham 14/1

    Mark Zuckerberg 20/1

    Mike Ashley 22/1

    Cristiano Ronaldo 30/1

    Jeff Bezos 30/1

    Conor McGregor 35/1

    Usain Bolt 40/1

    Bill Gates 50/1

    Floyd Mayweather 50/1

    Donald Trump 200/1

    Boris Johnson 1000/1

  • Tony Robertson

    Fans implore United bidders

    Following the announcement that the Glazer family are open to selling Manchester United fans online have been begging for prospective bidders to make an approach.

    Sir Jim Ratcliffe was linked before and some still want him to take the reins of the club.

    One fan online joked: "Sir Jim Ratcliffe. Great Black Friday opportunity for you 😆"

    Another said: Now the time has come to you to claim your throne sir jim ratcliffe.

    Meanwhile other fans have asked Twitter owner Elon Musk to throw his hat in the ring.

    One user said: "@elonmusk i dare you to buy @ManUtd football club"

    A second user added: "Is there a way we could persuade @elonmusk that owning Twitter is really boring and he should buy @ManUtd instead?"

  • Tony Robertson

    Man Utd share price surge

    Man Utd's stock prices SURGED after it was confirmed the club could be sold.

    The Glazer family revealed on Tuesday that they're open to ending their controversial 17-year ownership of the club.

    And their admission resulted in the club's share prices skyrocketing by a whopping 17 per cent.

    That equates to a stunning £336.4million ($400m) increase in the club's market capitalisation.

    The Glazer's willingness to sell up will be music to the ears of a large portion of the Old Trafford fan base – who have regularly protested their ownership.

    The Americans have racked up a whopping £500m worth of debt since taking charge of the club, which has declined on and off the pitch.

    And after nearly two decades of owning the global powerhouse, the brass are evaluating "strategic alternatives."

  • Tony Robertson

    Ronaldo 'torn' between two destinations

    Cristiano Ronaldo is "torn" between two destinations for his next club after dramatically leaving Man Utd.

    In a statement the club said Ronaldo had left after reaching a "mutual agreement" to terminate his contract with immediate effect.

    However, the Portugal star already has his sights on two potential clubs once the World Cup ends.

    What may come as a surprise are who the two clubs are.

    Newcastle are said to be rivaling Saudi Arabian outfit Al-Nassr FC for the free agent's signature, according to Marca.

  • Tony Robertson

    Ronaldo Wag at award show

    Following Cristiano Ronaldo's departure from Manchester United on a "mutual agreement" the strikers wag Georgina Rodriguez stole some of the headlines away for herself.

    The 28-year-old was in Las Vegas for the awards ceremony and stole the show with a striking blue dress.

    Full story here.

    Credit: Getty
  • Nyle Smith

    Cristiano Ronaldo interview

    Stay tuned to our live blog as Cristiano Ronaldo is set to have his FIRST interview since he was sacked.

    And if it's anything similar to the Portuguese icon's one with Piers Morgan, they will be fireworks.

    You won't want to miss it.

  • Chisanga Malata

    Morning, United fans

    One legend gone, one owner to go?

    After announcing Cristiano Ronaldo's departure, United confirmed the equally-spectacular development that the Glazers might sell up.

    Ronaldo, 37, had his contract terminated by mutual consent.

    That means he goes without the £11.5million wages for the remaining seven months of his deal.

    Chelsea are narrow favourites ahead of old club Sporting Lisbon to sign the Portugal hero after the World Cup.

    United thanked Ron for his "immense contribution" over his two spells and he insisted he still "loves" the club.

    But former Old Trafford superstars Wayne Rooney and Rio Ferdinand rated the departure inevitable after he claimed United "betrayed" him during his blunt TalkTV interview with Sun columnist Piers Morgan.

    Meanwhile, United and the Glazers both confirmed all options are being assessed to boost the club's "growth" – including new investment or a total buy-out

    Transfer-wise, the Red Devils are said to be favourites ahead of Liverpool to sign Holland winger Cody Gakpo.

    The PSV hero, 23, could cost at least £43m.

    That's at least half the sum Jude Bellingham might fetch in the unlikely event United win the race for the England midfielder.

  • Ian Tuckey

    Lions could meet Wags after USA clash

    England players could meet their families after Friday’s United States match – but it depends on Covid rates in Qatar.

    Manager Gareth Southgate is hoping that the 26-man squad could have a proper catch-up with their partners, children and parents after arriving in Doha eight days ago.

    Some players, such as Jack Grealish, saw their girlfriends on the pitch after the final whistle of their amazing 6-2 win over Iran.

    Southgate insists – providing Covid rates remain low – they will be allowed at the team hotel.

    During the women’s Euros, England’s players were forced to remain in a bubble due to Covid.

    Southgate said: “I think towards the end, the women’s team had to batten that down a bit more because they had a few positive cases so we're going to have to monitor it throughout.

    “There's this balance of the spirit and happiness of the group and the medical line of zero risk, and sometimes if you're going to take zero risks, it can kill it for everybody, so we've got to try and find that balance.

    “We're going to see how the next few days go and we've talked about maybe looking at something after the second game but we've got to monitor what the rates are out here as much as anything else.”

  • Ian Tuckey

    Kompany turfs out Ron

    Burnley manager Vincent Kompany hilariously rejected Cristiano Ronaldo live on the BBC by suggesting he can no longer run.

    Manchester United confirmed they had terminated the Portuguese superstar's contract with "immediate effect" on Tuesday evening.

    Burnley boss Vincent Kompany brutally REJECTS Cristiano Ronaldo transfer live on BBC after Man Utd axing

    And he is now in search of a new club as he becomes a free agent for the first time in his career.

    Presenter Gary Lineker brought up the topic of Ronaldo during the BBC's coverage of the World Cup game between France and Australia.

    All the pundits had their say, with Kompany giving his thoughts after Alan Shearer and Didier Drogba.

    He said: "I think in the end everybody loses apart from perhaps the Manchester United manager. I think it's a problem that's resolved and he'll move on from it, I'm sure."

    But the major talking point came when Lineker then cheekily asked him: "Take him at Burnley?"

    To which the former Manchester City skipper bluntly replied: "We need players who can run." Lineker,Shearer and Drogba were left in fits of laughter following the dig.

  • Ian Tuckey

    Stat’s not impressive for Ron

    Cristiano Ronaldo’s outspoken interview with Piers Morgan was the final straw for his United exit.

    But his match stats this season – his second back at Old Trafford – also told a sorry tale.

    Of course, he also paid for manager Erik ten Hag’s apparent loss of faith in the 37-year-old.

    But one goal and no assists in ten matches make for far from iconic figures.

  • Ian Tuckey

    Forget Jude diligence at work!

    Joker Jude Bellingham urged fans to bunk off to watch England’s march to World Cup glory.

    The Manchester United target, 19, scored in a stunning midfield display during the 6-2 demolition of Iran on Monday.

    Millions bunked off work and school to watch the game in Qatar, which kicked off at 1pm UK time.

    Jude was shown a clip of fans in a beer-chucking frenzy at London’s Box Park as his header went in.

    The Stourbridge-born Borussia Dortmund star asked: “It would have been one o’clock there? Half one?”

    He joked: “Sack it! Don’t go to work when we’re playing!

    “This is what you love seeing really. This is why we play, especially when so far away from home.”

  • Ian Tuckey

    Spanish football chief 'made De Gea snub worse'

    David de Gea's snub from the Spanish World Cup squad was made worse by a shock phone call from the country's football chiefs.

    The keeper is one of the few Manchester United stars absent from the World Cup.

    It was claimed De Gea knew months ago he would not be in Luis Enrique’s plans but still hoped to win a recall at some stage in the future.

    But now it's claimed a Spanish football Federation boss called him – to say he was "glad" the 32-year-old had retired from international football.

    Spanish journalist Jose Alvarez said: “After De Gea was told he wouldn’t be called up to the Spain squad, he received a message from the president of the Federation, who said: 'David, I am glad that you have finally made the decision you have been thinking about'."

    De Gea reportedly replied: ‘Sorry? There is no renunciation of anything, who has told you that I renounce anything?

    "The coach has told me that he is not going to count on me. but I have never renounced the national team, nor do I intend to do so, that is if I am called up.”

  • Ian Tuckey

    United plan review of club future

    Club chiefs have launched a review into the club's future.

    But they've suggested they won't keep fans informed of the progress – unless or until deals have been struck.

    United said on their website: "There can be no assurance that the review being undertaken will result in any transaction involving the Company. 

    "Manchester United does not intend to make further announcements regarding the review unless and until the Board has approved a specific transaction or other course of action requiring a formal announcement."

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