Patrick Vieira says Manchester United's prospective minority owner Sir Jim Ratcliffe will 'never interfere' with the playing side.
British businessman Ratcliffe is likely to hear whether he has been successful in acquiring 25 per cent of the club for £1.3billion this week.
The latest development in Man United's takeover saga comes after Ratcliffe's rival bidder, Sheikh Jassim, withdrew his world record bid following his attempts to acquire 100 per cent of the club.
With Ratcliffe seemingly in the clear, everyone connected to Old Trafford will be wondering what they should expect from the billionaire.
But one ex-Premier League player and manager gave Ratcliffe an overwhelming positive review on Ineos when asked about him earlier this year — Vieira.
Reflecting on his experience of being Nice manager under Ratcliffe's Ineos for 18 months, he told Four Four Two: «He’d never interfere with my work.
»We’d talk about football when we met, about the team and our lives, but he’s not an owner who will get involved too much and prevent the manager from doing his job.
«His ambitions and expectations are high, so you know where you stand, but you can do your job freely.»
Vieira managed under another set of owners for the Ligue Un side before Ineos' arrival in 2019.
The Arsenal legend remained in the dug out for 18 months and was later sacked after losing five games in a row before moving on to take over at Crystal Palace.
But his dismissal clearly hasn't tainted his view of Ratcliffe as an owner, judging by his comments earlier this year.
As well as plans to expand Old Trafford to 90,000 seats, Ineos are also expected to takeover the football side of the business from the Glazer family as part of the deal.
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