Manchester United Manager Ten Hag’s Transfer Demands Set to Clash with New Owner Ratcliffe

Impending Investor Faces Dilemma as Ten Hag Seeks Continued Influence on Player Signings

Manchester United’s incoming minority owner, Sir Jim Ratcliffe, is about to face a challenging demand from manager Erik ten Hag, potentially setting the stage for a clash of interests at Old Trafford.

Ratcliffe is poised to assume control of the sporting aspects of Manchester United from the Glazer brothers, with plans to overhaul the backroom and recruitment staff at the club. While his intention to acquire a 25% stake in the club is confirmed, the formal ratification of the deal is expected to take several weeks.

According to reports from ESPN, once Ratcliffe assumes his role, Ten Hag is preparing to request the new owner to allow him to retain influence in the decision-making process concerning player signings. The former Ajax boss has played a significant role in this aspect since taking charge of the club 18 months ago, notably driving the €95 million deal for Antony, a move that has reportedly raised concerns from the incoming investor.

ESPN reveals that Ten Hag’s contract currently includes a transfer veto, granting him some influence in the short term. The source notes that “he expects the clause to be honoured despite a change of personnel at the top of the football department.”

Ratcliffe, alongside Dave Brailsford, the director of sport at INEOS, could potentially resolve the issue by relieving Ten Hag of his managerial duties. This scenario seems plausible due to concerns about the team’s inconsistent performance under Ten Hag’s leadership. Brailsford has already attended two matches since the takeover announcement – a thrilling 3-2 victory over Aston Villa and a disappointing 2-1 loss to Nottingham Forest.

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While Ten Hag’s contract may offer protection in the short term, his assertive stance in transfer decisions could potentially lead to a confrontational situation with Ratcliffe and Brailsford, where the manager may find himself in a battle that proves difficult to win.

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