Manchester United's chances of entirely removing the Glazers from power at Old Trafford have taken a significant hit in the past few weeks, with Sir Jim Ratcliffe opting for a minority stake, whereas Sheikh Jassim has pulled out of the race altogether.
So, we are here to examine how likely a takeover is to conclude before the end of 2023.
Manchester United takeover odds – latest news
The Man Utd takeover process was beginning to drag on with no end in sight, as both Sir Jim Ratcliffe and Sheikh Jassim fought for a controlling stake in Man United. The former has supported the club his entire life, but the Glazers were seemingly keen on staying around longer despite fan hatred and outrage toward them and their ownership.
However, things took a drastic turn three weeks ago, when Ratcliffe agreed to take on a minority stake in the club for now. This clearly came to the annoyance of Sheikh Jassim, who pulled his offer off the table, admitting he only ever wanted majority control of the club, and to be the man calling the shots.
The fact that Ratcliffe is willing to purchase just 25% of the club will have delighted the Glazers, who will receive a significant amount of money – though their incumbent control over the club remains a sticking point amongst a fanbase at boiling point.
Probability of a 2023 Man United takeover
While a 25% stake has been agreed between Ratcliffe and the Glazers, it would be a shock to see any other sort of deal agreed on before the end of 2023 and this is the feeling within the betting markets.
At present, there is a 41.32% chance of a majority takeover bid being accepted by the Glazers in 2023, compared to the likelihood of it running into 2024 currently standing at 69.93%. The average odds for each outcome are 6/4 and 2/5, respectively.
So, as most people could probably agree upon, the Glazers will still be in control of Man United come January 1.
This next week could be a huge one for Man United, as if they fail to pick up a positive result away to Premier League rivals Newcastle United – who've lost once at home in the league all season – then it will leave Ratcliffe with a sense of disappointment and urgency to change things quicker than potentially expected.
In the meantime, be sure to look out for our free betting tips on Manchester United's upcoming games.