The process was six months old and already starting to wear on Jim Ratcliffe, the British billionaire, the first time he brought out the Champagne to toast his purchase of Manchester United.
Mostly, that was because any potential sale for United offered a tantalizing marriage of money, power and history: Mr. Ratcliffe, the wealthy chairman of INEOS, the petrochemicals giant, had supported Manchester United since he was boy.
United, the most decorated club in English soccer, was one of the most iconic brands in global sports.
And the Premier League, to which it belonged, was the richest soccer league in the world.
United fans, eager to see their club shake off its unpopular owners, the Florida-based Glazer family, devoured it all.
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