The 69-year-old was born in Failsworth, Greater Manchester, and grew up supporting United before and after the Glazers’ controversial takeover in 2005. And the family are still widely unpopular with the club’s fanbase, with the last two home games against Norwich City and Chelsea marred by protests outside Old Trafford.
But unlike Chelsea, United are not up for sale, and Ratcliffe could be in pole position to buy the Blues after Raine informed one of his few competitors, Stephen Pagliuca, that his group won’t be successful in their bid. There are also suggestions that Sir Martin Broughton’s consortium could also be out of the running, but Todd Boehly is also well-positioned.
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