Bruno Fernandes: INEOS Chairman Ratcliffe Appears to Aim Dig at Man Utd Captain in New Book

Bruno Fernandes: INEOS Chairman Ratcliffe Appears to Aim Dig at Man Utd Captain in New Book

Elijah Odetokun
updated at February 13, 2024 at 11:54 AM
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  • Sir Jim Ratcliffe is expected to take over a minority stake in Manchester United
  • The British billionaire appears not to be a fan of club captain Bruno Fernandes
  • He aimed a dig at the Portuguese midfielder in the intro of his newly released book

Bruno Fernandes could be set for an exit at Manchester United if Sir Jim Ratcliffe completes the purchase of a 25% stake in the club, which is expected to be completed soon.

United owners, the Glazers family, have been in the process of a complete sale or partial investment into the club for more than a year, with several bidders showing interest in the club.

Qatari businessman Sheikh Jassim, whom many widely expected to win the race for full club ownership, withdrew in October due to the Glazers’ reluctance to sell entirely.

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Bruno Fernandes covering his face despite being untouched during Manchester United's 7-0 loss to Liverpool at Anfield last season. Photo by Robbie Jay Barratt.
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Per Goal, British billionaire Sir Jim Ratcliffe won the race for 25% ownership, but the finalisation of the process has been delayed for a while. It should have been completed during the November international break but was postponed again due to the Thanksgiving Holiday in the United States.

Ratcliffe aims dig at Bruno Fernandes

Erik ten Hag stripped Harry Maguire of the captaincy at the start of this season and permanently installed Fernandes, who spent most of last season as captain when Maguire was on the bench.

The decision brought him under fire from the English media due to the attacker’s questionable attitude on the pitch, which has not gone unnoticed by proposed owner Ratcliffe.

Per SportBible, the INEOS chairman released a book titled Introducing Grit, Rigour & Humour: The Ineos Story. In the introduction, he appeared to aim a swipe at the United captain.

He described an intense rugby match where one of the players was carted off with a broken leg and said:

“It was a far cry from Bruno Fernandes clutching his untouched face in the Liverpool debacle recently”.

The 28-year-old was criticised for his antics during the Red Devils’ 7-0 loss to Liverpool at Anfield last season, including appearing to ask for a substitution.

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Fernandes to miss Liverpool clash

Sports Brief reported on Fernandes’ suspension for Liverpool clash at Anfield after picking up a needless yellow card in United’s 3-0 loss to Bournemouth at Old Trafford.

Fernandes, on four yellow cards, was booked for dissent towards the referee after Marcus Rashford was fouled, picking up his fifth booking of the season.

Five managers who could replace ten Hag

Sports Brief reported on five managers who could replace ten Hag if the Dutch tactician is sacked as Man Utd manager as pressure mounts on him over poor results.

Former Chelsea boss Graham Potter is reportedly top of the list, especially if Sir Jim Ratcliffe succeeds in buying a 25% stake at the club, with Hansi Flick also a candidate.

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Elijah Odetokun
Elijah Odetokun is Reuters-trained journalist with three years of experience having previously worked at Daily Times Nigeria, OmaSports and El Futbolero.