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Sir Jim 'obsessed' with winning trophy more important than Man Utd lifting Prem

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MANCHESTER UNITED chief Sir Jim Ratcliffe is determined to win one of the most “elusive” trophies this year.

Ratcliffe, 71, took over a 27.7 per cent stake of United back in February in a deal that also saw him take up the reins on all sporting operations at Old Trafford.

Manchester United chief Sir Jim Ratcliffe is determined to win the America's Cup

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Manchester United chief Sir Jim Ratcliffe is determined to win the America’s CupCredit: PA

Sir Jim will be hoping to combine his arrival with a trophy in his first year in charge of the Red Devils on May 25 when Erik ten Hag’s side faces rivals Manchester City in the FA Cup final at Wembley.

However, the British billionaire has his fingers in a lot of other pies with INEOS who are looking to make history in one of the most historic competitions.

Ratcliffe is “obsessed” with winning the America’s Cup, which kicks off on August 22 and runs until October 20.

Sky News reporter Rob Harris tweeted: “Sir Jim Ratcliffe is obsessed with trying to win a prize more elusive for Britain than the Premier League trophy for Manchester United.”

The UK has never won the prestigious sailing trophy and the INEOS chief is looking to make history with Britannia, the boat he created in his bid to conquer the competition dubbed the F1 of the oceans.

Ratcliffe told Sky News: “Manchester United is another sporting challenge and it’s a very big one obviously, probably one of the biggest ones in the world.

“But this, I think for the UK, this is one of the biggest sporting challenges you could find.

“Whilst the UK has won just about every international sporting competition there is in the world, the one and only it has never won has been the sailing one.”

Ratcliffe has his hands full at United after a hapless campaign that saw the team finishing eighth in the Premier League table.

The minority shareholder will have to decide on Ten Hag’s future, who has come under immense scrutiny throughout the campaign.

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Raphael Varane has also announced his imminent departure from the club once his contract runs out at the end of the season.

More players could follow Varane, such as Anthony Martial whose deal also expires in June.

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