Paul Scholes ‘finds it hard to believe’ Sir Jim Ratcliffe gets key detail in Man Utd takeover, it’s concerning

Man Utd legend Paul Scholes ‘finds it hard to believe’ the Glazer family will take a backseat to incoming minority owner Sir Jim Ratcliffe.

Ineos founder Ratcliffe is close to finalising a deal which will see him take a 25 per cent stake in the club.

The British billionaire is already making plans for his arrival as he looks to take control over footballing operations at Old Trafford.

United haven’t won the Premier League title since 2013, something that’s been put down to the Glazer’s mismanagement over the last decade.

Scholes doesn’t believe the Glazers will maintain majority ownership and let Ratcliffe call the shots.

He explained during a recent appearance on theWebby & O’Neill YouTube channel: “I just find it difficult to believe that he’s going to be left to his own devices only owning 25 per cent of the football club.

“How are the Glazers not going to want a say at the top table when it comes to football decisions?

“You can draw up contracts, but if stuff is then happening that they don’t like, you’re telling me they’re not going to come to the table and have something to say about it? I’m sure they will.

Ratcliffe is hoping to have full control of United’s sporting side. (Image Credit: Getty)

“I just find it bizarre. It’s a stepping stone to him [Ratcliffe] taking over the club permanently, but how long that is going to be we don’t know. And how much time has he got to try and get things right?”

Current chief executive Richard Arnold will leave his role in December and speculation about John Murtough’s future as football director continues to swirl.

United are currently sixth in the Premier League, with manager Erik ten Hag struggling to build on a promising first season in charge.

Ten Hag guided United to third and won the Carabao Cup, the club’s first trophy in six years, last time out.

This term, they’re five points off the top four, already out of the Carabao Cup and bottom of their Champions League group following three defeats.

Ten Hag in conversation with Rasmus Hojlund. (Image Credit: Getty)

“Sometimes you do worry for managers when new owners come into it,” Scholes added when asked about Ten Hag’s future. “I think it’s a worry [that Ten Hag might leave]. I think he should stay, I really like him. A brilliant first year with what he had to cope with.

“Yes he’s had a lot of injuries [this season] and the team hasn’t gone on from what we expected. But how many times can we keep sacking managers in the second or third year?”

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