Who will buy Manchester United?

STORY: Manchester United might have a

new owner by the end of the season

Analyst estimates put the club's

worth at more than $4.5 billion

Here are some contenders for its sale:

1. Jim Ratcliffe

British billionaire Jim Ratcliffe has

formally entered the bidding process

He's a favorite among United fans,

but there are fears he might be priced out

2. Middle Eastern investors

Investors from Gulf countries

may be keen on buying United

Saudi Arabia's sports minister told Sky Sports

his country intends to take over the team

3. The Red Knights

The Manchester Evening News says

British investor Jim O'Neill is in the mix too

He's considering a takeover only if the

current owners lower their "unrealistic" demands