Man Utd bidder Sir Jim Ratcliffe savaged by his OWN captain as he’s told to ‘work in silence’

MANCHESTER UNITED bidder Sir Jim Ratcliffe was slammed by Nice captain Dante over his running of the club.

It comes as Nice ultras protested their match against Toulouse on Sunday with their team languishing in mid-table.

PANice owner Sir Jim Ratcliffe has been distracted by the Manchester United bidding protest in recent months[/caption]

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Ratcliffe had targeted a title push this season and made that aim public, only to sack manager Lucien Favre in January and replace him with the inexperienced Didier Digard.

The former Burnley star initially did well after going 14 games unbeaten at the beginning of his reign, but since February Nice have won just two Ligue Un matches.

That led two ultra groups to announce a strike at the weekend with the North Side stating: “If you don’t want to play, why support you.”

Defender Dante also condemned the running of the club, criticising Ratcliffe for being vocal about his aim to challenge Paris Saint-Germain and the weight of expectation that brings.

He told L’Equipe: “I think at some point you have to be clear in what you’re saying. To maintain a project, maybe you need to speak less about objectives and work in silence to create an environment of competitors.

“Because the expectation is even bigger, and then after, people are frustrated.

“The best thing to do is to prepare as quickly as possible for next season in order to start it well. Do you remember how many players came in at the end of the transfer window last summer? Six left, six arrived. It’s difficult in these conditions. Simply, we mustn’t make the same errors.”

Dante, 39, also highlighted a lack of organisation at the top, with owner Ratcliffe focusing his efforts on trying to buy United in recent months.


He added: “If someone wants my opinion, the earlier we organise ourselves, the better it will be. If we want to aim higher, we have to anticipate things and put the values of the organisation in place.

“When the coach (Lucien Favre) arrived, we said in two years that we would always be in the Champions League. It doesn’t work like that.

“Ligue Un is very difficult. We lost 10 players, 10 arrived. The teams in the semi-finals of big competitions play together for three, four years. We changed everything last summer. There is a lack of coherence somewhere. I am sorry to say that.”