Man Utd takeover concern raised as Sir Jim Ratcliffe ‘errors’ highlighted

Sir Jim Ratcliffe may not be a popular pick among Manchester United players if Dante’s experience at Nice is anything to go by. Ratcliffe’s company, INEOS, took over the Ligue 1 outfit four years ago and the 70-year-old been a present owner throughout.

They’ve had mixed success in the years of Ratcliffe’s ownership though and there’s been disappointment at this season’s performance. Nice are 11 points adrift of the European places and currently sit behind Clermont Foot in the table.

While Ratcliffe is heavily involved in Nice’s operation, he clearly wants to make United his next project. A self-confessed United fan who grew up in Greater Manchester, Ratcliffe is going toe-to-toe with Sheikh Jassim to buy the club from the Glazers.

But Nice captain Dante has given an insight into how things work at a football club under Ratcliffe and it doesn’t make for good reading as a United fan. “I think at some point you have to be clear in what you’re saying,” Dante told L’Equipe.

“To maintain a project, maybe you need to speak less about objectives and work in silence to create an environment of competitors. Because the expectation is even bigger and then, after, people are frustrated.

“The best thing to do is to prepare as quickly as possible for next season in order to start it well. Do you remember how many players came in at the end of the transfer window last summer? Six left, six arrived.

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“It’s difficult in these conditions. Simply, we mustn’t make the same errors.” But Dante’s comments differ completely from Aaron Ramsey, who sang Ratcliffe’s praises for being “very passionate” about the club.

“It’s been quite nice, really enjoyable. there’s worse places in the world to be playing,” Ramsey said earlier this year. The owner is very passionate and very invested into Nice.

“He wants to take Nice all the way to the top. It’s a great project to be a part of. It just feels like a family-oriented club.”

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