Former Leicester City goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel has weighed in on the current Manchester United takeover process.
The Dane’s current club, OGC Nice, is owned by Sir Jim Ratcliffe and INEOS, who are believed to value the Red Devils the highest out of the two notable bidders – the other being Qatar-based Sheikh Jassim bin Hamad Al Thani.
Both parties lodged their third and final bids last Friday, April 28 in one last attempt to sway the Glazer family into handing over the majority shares of England’s most successful club.
Speaking on Monday Night Football, Schmeichel heaped praise on Ratcliffe when quizzed on United’s latest sale speculation.
Schmeichel on Ratcliffe
“One of the biggest reasons that I joined Nice was because of INEOS, because of Sir Jim Ratcliffe and Sir David Brailsford. Their vision, how they want to evolve their sports because they’ve been successful in, not just business, but every other sporting venture that they’ve thrown their investment at. With Manchester United in particular, Jim is a big United fan and I think that speaks a lot to United fans – someone coming in that cares deeply about the club.
“From my own experience at Nice, he’s a man that’s present, comes to games, a guy that’s knowledgable about football, but [with] a vast knowledge about performance in general. He has great people like Dave Brailsford working for him, who, again, is present. I think that’s the main thing of any club that I’ve ever played at, look at Leicester as an example, the owners are present. There’s not this divide between the people who own the club and the people who are there on a daily basis. I think, obviously, I’m biased in terms of hoping that INEOS are the preferred bidders, but let’s wait and see!”
🗣️ "One of the biggest reasons that I joined Nice was because of INEOS."
Kasper Schmeichel gives his insight on Sir Jim Ratcliffe's INEOS ownership at Nice with them leading the way in the bidding process of #MUFC pic.twitter.com/fK8CrY6kVA
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