Man Utd takeover news: Erik ten Hag ‘infuriated’ by Glazers’ decision as good work ‘undermined’
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The Manchester United takeover saga continues to drag on and, seven months on from the news that the Glazers were considering a sale of the club, there is no immediate end in sight.
Only two bidders remain in the running to buy the club, with Sheikh Jassim bin Hamad al-Thani’s Qatar-backed bid and the Ineos offer headed by Sir Jim Ratcliffe the only candidates to buy the club. There have, however, been a few suggestions that US equity firms could still invest in the club, allowing the Glazers to remain in control and have funds available to renovate the stadium and training ground.
But it’s Sheikh Jassim’s offer which appears to be in the lead at this late stage in the bidding war, according to recent reports.
Yet the whole affair is having a negative effect on the club, particularly on Erik ten Hag’s ability to recruit players in the transfer market. Unsurprisingly, the uncertainty around Old Trafford has bled into other areas, and the Mirror claim the Glazers are ‘refusing’ to sanction any moves in the window until the takeover process has culminated.
Ten Hag is said to be ‘infatuated’ by this, with the Dutchman outlining at the start of the window that he wants to get his business done early. The Mirror add the United manager’s ‘hands are currently tied’ as it has given opposition sides an early advantage in the market, while it’s also ‘undermined’ the positive work Ten Hag achieved in his first campaign at Old Trafford.