Why Sir Jim Ratcliffe turned up for Man Utd vs Arsenal five hours early [video]

One of the most important games of the season for both Manchester United and Arsenal will take place this Saturday. Both teams enter the game feeling that a win is absolutely necessary, despite the drastically different stakes on the line. Any points lost at this stage of the season are effectively a white flag, since Pep Guardiola’s team is invincible and the Gunners are firmly in a title fight with Manchester City.

Conversely, United has dropped out of the top seven in recent weeks. Chelsea has surpassed them in the standings, and it now appears that the Blues have a better chance of winning European football. A team like the Red Devils cannot afford to miss out on any European football competitions the next season, and they must defeat Arsenal in order to have any chance of finishing in the top seven.

The stakes are quite high, and it appears that the club feels the same way because Sir Jim Ratcliffe was spotted arriving at Old Trafford more than five hours before kickoff.

With the Women’s FA Cup final taking place this afternoon, and Manchester United Women in the final, many expected Ratcliffe to be in attendance at the contest, with the prospect of seeing the team win a trophy, but instead, he’s at Old Trafford preparing for the Red Devils to face off with Arsenal in the Premier League.

Ratcliffe Wanted to See Everything That Happens on a Matchday

He has been surveying events all afternoon 

The reason that Ratcliffe arrived at Old Trafford over five hours before United’s match with Arsenal was his desire to closely follow everything that happened on a match day. As someone with major control of the way that the Red Devils operate going forward, Sky Sports report that he wanted to learn the ins and outs of what goes into every single match day.


The choice was made in an effort to better inform him of what will be needed moving forward and perhaps even what he might wish to modify in the future. He has been studying every single aspect of United’s operations, both big and small, with Sir Dave Brailsford in an attempt to restore stability to a struggling team and lead them back to the pinnacle of English football. They have examined the club’s spending, employee credit cards, and the overall state of sanitation at Carrington and the stadium. They are currently gathering as much information as they can in preparation for major adjustments that they want to implement in the summer.

Ratcliffe’s Plans Include Upgrading Old Trafford

He has ambition to create a stadium that rivals Wembley 

Ratcliffe is keen in improving the club’s facilities, even if most United supporters will be expecting he makes a huge investment in the product on the field by bringing in new players to bolster the aging, lackluster squad that has been on show at times this year.

This involves bringing Old Trafford up to the level of Wembley Stadium. It has been stated that he aspired to elevate the Red Devils’ stadium to the status of the “Wembley of the North,” hosting events outside football as they endeavored to elevate Manchester to a level comparable to that of London and Birmingham.

The Ratcliffe era at Manchester United has only just begun, but looking at the clear dedication he is already taking to learn as much as he can about running the club, the Red Devils faithful have to be feeling quite optimistic about their future.

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