• July 25, 2024

Man Utd holds discussions to mimic Ryan Reynolds’ move as Sir Jim Ratcliffe gets inventive

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Welcome to Wrexham is a hugely popular Disney series. (Image: Getty)
Manchester United are reportedly in negotiations with Disney regarding a multi-million-pound deal to create documentaries about the club’s era of dominance under Sir Alex Ferguson.

Sir Jim Ratcliffe is monitoring avenues to generate revenue while cutting costs at Old Trafford at the start of his co-ownership. Wrexham secured back-to-back promotions this season and will play in League One in 2024/25 after ending a 15-year stay in the National League in 2023. United could hope a partnership with Disney can support the club in driving change under the INEOS regime on matters like the redevelopment of Old Trafford and adhering to Financial Fair Play limits.

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According to The Athletic, discussions are underway with the US entertainment platform, but a deal hasn’t yet been agreed as the Red Devils seek improved terms.

Disney’s current offer is said to be lower than when they first held talks with United a couple of years ago, but nothing came to fruition. The iconic Scot, now 82, won 13 Premier League titles, two Champions Leagues and five FA Cups among his relentless haul. He would reportedly provide substantial interview time for the Disney production.

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The report adds that United ambassadors would offer insight into the secrets of Ferguson’s success, and the club is expected to release archive footage to complement the coverage.

However, United are set to retain editorial control, and talks with Disney haven’t included the prospect of creating a fly-on-the-wall series following a season. Arsenal, Manchester City, and Tottenham Hotspur are among the clubs that have sanctioned those on Amazon Prime. However, the M16 giants won’t directly benefit financially, having played no role in negotiations.

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