SIR JIM RATCLIFFE has been tipped to turn things around at Manchester United by one of his former managers – Adrian Ursea.
The former Nice boss worked under Ratcliffe at the Ligue Un club and saw first-hand how he transformed a failing club.
Ursea was manager of a relegation-threatened Nice when Ratcliffe bought the club in 2019 – they are now second in the league and are unbeaten in 12 league games.
He praised the impact of the billionaire Brit and revealed Ratcliffe was prepared to spend the money necessary to change his club’s fortunes on the pitch.
Ursea told The Mirror: “The biggest difference was the club became certain there would no longer be problems with money.
“The first time I was there there were huge financial problems but once Ineos arrived – they went. I saw Jim sometimes but he only visited training sessions once or twice – not more.
“After I left, Ineos began spending more money on transfers.
“They spent around £52million in the market. Before, the club wouldn’t permit a transfer that cost more than £4.3m or £5.2m.
“Then Nice started to have the power to spend up to €15m on players because with Ineos the money was there. It was very important to save the situation – relegation would have been a catastrophe for the club.”
Ursea also applauded Ratcliffe for his ability to appoint the right people, with the Ineos chief set to make sweeping changes to United’s football structure – including the selection of a new CEO following Richard Arnold’s resignation.
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He added: “Ineos are in Switzerland with Lausanne and they’re still committed within the life of the club.
“They are businessmen but beyond that they nominate the specialist people who know what’s truly inside the football club.
“I think it will be the same thing in Manchester United as in Nice. They want to construct a galaxy like Red Bull or the City Football Group. Jim is a business person and businessman but I think and know that he also loves Manchester United.”
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