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Manchester United Football Club, commonly referred to as Man United , or simply United, is a professional football club based in the Old Trafford area of Greater Manchester, England.
|Short name||Man United
, as Newton Heath LYR F.C.|
1902 , as Manchester United F.C.
|Owner||Manchester United plc (NYSE: MANU)|
|Co-chairmen||Joel and Avram Glazer|
|Manager||Erik ten Hag|
|2021–22||Premier League, 6th of 20|
The club competes in the Premier League, the top division in the English football league system.
Nicknamed the Red Devils, it was founded as Newton Heath LYR Football Club in 1878, but changed its name to Manchester United in 1902.
The club moved from Newton Heath to its current stadium, Old Trafford, in 1910.
British businessman Jim Ratcliffe is “definitely a potential buyer” of Manchester United if the English football giants go on sale, a spokesman for the Ineos petrochemicals billionaire said Wednesday.
Ineos was responding to reports United’s current owners, the US-based Glazer family, are considering selling a minority stake, with the team currently bottom of the Premier League following a woeful start to the season under new manager Erik ten Hag.
The Ineos spokesman told The Times that Ratcliffe, reportedly Britain’s richest man, would be prepared to buy such a stake as a prelude to assuming full control at Old Trafford.
“If something like this was possible, we would be interested in talking with a view to long-term ownership,” the spokesman added.
The Glazers, who bought United in 2005 in a leveraged buyout that saddled the club with huge debts, have long been accused of taking more out financially than they have invested in terms of transfer funds or in redeveloping the club’s crumbling Old Trafford ground.
Casemiro is Manchester United’s new transfer target as they look to sign new players in midfield.
The latest blip on Manchester United’s midfield radar is Real Madrid’s Brazilian ball-winner Casemiro.
Certainly he would be a fine signing and offers qualities the Red Devils sorely lack in the middle of the park.
But the 30-year-old, a five-time Champions League winner, might be just as hard to pry from Los Blancos as Barcelona’s Frenkie de Jong has proven.
After all Casemiro is one of the finest in his position in world football.
He’d cost a minimum of £50million and there would be plenty of persuasion needed for him to swap the Bernabeu for Old Trafford.
Yet there might be another option closer to home – Leicester’s Wilfred Ndidi.