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Steven Bartlett: Maybe I’ll buy Manchester United ‘one day’

Steven Bartlett, courtesy Soccer Aid/YouTube

Steven Bartlett may not have placed his hat in the ring for the current ongoing sale of Manchester United, but it could happen in future says the Social Chain founder.

So far, only Sheikh Jassim Bin Hamad Al Thani, Sir Jim Ratcliffe and Thomas Zilliacus are officially in the bidding for the for-sale football giant, but Bartlett has spoken of his dream to “maybe” own the club one day ahead of his Old Trafford playing debut.

Bartlett will be taking to the Old Trafford turf as a player as part of June 11’s annual Soccer Aid shindig, when he will line up for the World XI alongside fellow celebs including captain and Olympic sprinter Usain Bolt, Love Island’s Kem Cetinay, and last year’s winning penalty scorer comedian Lee Mack.

Speaking to the Manchester Evening News ahead of the game, Bartlett discussed his lifelong love of the Red Devils – Bartlett has family in Manchester and attended University in the city, where he also co-founded The Social Chain after deciding university was not for him – adding: “I am a huge Manchester United fan and I always will be. Maybe one day I’ll be able to buy the club.”

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For now at least, Bartlett will have to be content to just play at Old Trafford rather than own it. The Soccer Aid game marks the event’s return to Utd’s home for the first time since 2018, and Bartlett’s debut at the ground having first played in the competition at the London Stadium last year.

He told the paper: “It’s the best news ever that it’s back in Manchester this year and it’s an absolute dream come true to be playing at Old Trafford… When you’re playing in the garden growing up you dream of kicking a ball on that pitch so for me to be playing at Old Trafford is something that I never really never believed could possibly come true.”

Bartlett’s World XI will take on an England side which includes former United stars Nicky Butt and Paul Scholes, as well as former City keeper David James for a spot of healthy cross-town rivalry. Last year’s event, which was narrowly won by the World XI following Mack’s penalty glory, raised a record £15m for UNICEF, a figure which Bartlett says he hopes to better this year.

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