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Sir Jim Ratcliffe has vowed to knock Manchester City and Liverpool of their perches after becoming co-owner of Manchester United

Speaking for the first time since his 25 per cent stake in the club was ratified, the petrochemicals billionaire also revealed that a fresh decision on Mason Greenwood – currently on loan in Spain having been cleared of allegations of rape – would be made in due course.

He also joked that he did not know if the Qatari sheikh, whose rival bid he beat to invest in United, existed.

The 71-year-old also added that it was his dream to build a new, 90,000-capacity Old Trafford, said United would take inspiration from rivals City and Liverpool and took a swipe at Newcastle over their handling of the approach for sporting director Dan Ashworth.

In 2002, Sir Alex Ferguson famously vowed to knock Liverpool off their perch. And a smiling Ratcliffe repeated that battle cry. 'We have a lot to learn from our noisy neighbour and the other neighbour,’ he said. 

Sir Jim Ratcliffe and INEOS completed their minority investment in Manchester United

Sir Jim Ratcliffe and INEOS completed their minority investment in Manchester United

The INEOS chief has vowed to knock United's rivals, Man City and Liverpool, off their perches

The INEOS chief has vowed to knock United's rivals, Man City and Liverpool, off their perches

Sir Alex Ferguson, similarly, famously vowed to knock Liverpool off their perch back in 2002

Sir Alex Ferguson, similarly, famously vowed to knock Liverpool off their perch back in 2002

‘They are the enemy at the end of the day. There is nothing I would like better than to knock both of them from their perch. Equally we are the three great northern clubs who are very close to one another. 

'They have been in a good place for a while and there are things we can learn from both of them. They have sensible organisations, great people within the organisations, a good, driven and elite environment that they work in. I am very respectful of them but they are still the enemy.’

United have three options with regards to Old Trafford, to move, refurbish or build a new home next to the existing stadium.

And Ratcliffe, Britain’s second richest man, wants to go for the third. ‘In an ideal world I think it's a no brainer,’ he said. 

‘In an ideal world you want a stadium in the north, a stadium of the north, which would be a world class stadium where England could play and you could have the FA Cup Final and it's not all centred around the south of England. So in an ideal world, absolutely, that's where I would be but you've got to be practical about life.’

With regards to on the field matters, United have strongly suggested Greenwood would never play for them again. However, Ratcliffe had a different stance.

‘It’s a fresh decision,’ he said.

‘I can talk about the principle. I am not going to talk about Mason. I am familiar with it. The principle is the important one. We will have other issues going forwards. 

Ratcliffe, along with Erik ten Hag (middle), will also have a say regarding on the pitch matters

Ratcliffe, along with Erik ten Hag (middle), will also have a say regarding on the pitch matters 

Ratcliffe has left the door open for Mason Greenwood to return to the club this summer, despite backlash from fans when this was contemplated last year

Ratcliffe has left the door open for Mason Greenwood to return to the club this summer, despite backlash from fans when this was contemplated last year

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