In the latest developments at Manchester United, Sir Jim Ratcliffe is reportedly gearing up for a substantial shake-up to part ways with three underperforming stars, signaling a potential fire sale.
Despite the ongoing process of finalizing the acquisition of a 25% stake in United shares from the Glazer family, the British billionaire is already outlining plans for a significant overhaul under manager Erik ten Hag.
As part of his minority deal, Ratcliffe is poised to assume control of football operations and is reportedly prepared to inject £245 million to enhance the club’s infrastructure.
However, with the team’s lackluster performance in both the Premier League and the Champions League, where a recent defeat to FC Copenhagen left them at the bottom of their group, emergency measures seem necessary to salvage the season.
According to The Sun, Ratcliffe’s plan involves offloading Jadon Sancho, the £73 million winger who has been sidelined, £85 million signing Antony, and £36 million striker Anthony Martial.
The staggering £1.4 billion spent on transfers since Sir Alex Ferguson’s departure has reportedly left Ratcliffe astounded, prompting him to take decisive action.
While Ten Hag has made substantial signings, including Antony, Andre Onana, and Lisandro Martinez, Ratcliffe is reportedly unconvinced by Antony’s performance.
The Brazilian winger, yet to register a goal or assist this season, has fallen short of expectations, leading to his benching in favor of Alejandro Garnacho in the recent Copenhagen match.
On the other hand, Sancho continues to be excluded from the first team, compelled to train independently at the academy, and restricted from using the first-team facilities at United’s Carrington training base.
The unfolding developments suggest a significant restructuring under Ratcliffe’s influence as he seeks to address the challenges plaguing the club.