Manchester United supporters will be hoping that the curtain closes on the Glazer family’s ownership of the club as soon as possible. The Red Devils have been linked with a whole host of different parties over recent months.
On the pitch, Erik ten Hag’s are closing in on Champions League qualification. Here is a look at the latest updates regarding the takeover situation with the two leading candidates appearing to be Sir Jim Ratcliffe and Sheikh Jassim...
Impact on French side
As per French news outlet RMC Sport, INEOS and Ratcliffe’s pursuit of United may be having an effect on one of their other investments - OGC Nice. The Ligue 1 side have struggled for form over recent times, winning only two of their last seven league fixtures, and have slipped down to 9th in the table.
Their defender Dante appeared to take aim at the club’s hierarchy after their latest game against Toulouse: “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.”
Warned on transfers
Sheikh Jassim and Ratcliffe have both been warned by Ten Hag about the direction transfers will need to take after whoeover is handed the keys to Old Trafford.
The Dutchman wants the club to be shrewd with their business and even named fellow Premier League sides Aston Villa, Brighton and Hove Albion and Brentford as teams with ideal recruitment strategies. He said, as per the Manchester Evening News: “In this moment, [there is] a centralisation of good players, of the best managers, also about the money - it’s all here in the UK. That makes a great competition but also a tough and a hard competition.
“You have to do the right things, you can have money but you have to do it and spend it in a smart way and you need to have a strategy behind it. Otherwise, the money doesn’t work. When there is no strategy or the right strategy, money doesn’t work.
“I think there are many more teams in the Premier League who are really strong. Talking about Aston Villa, talking about Brighton, talking about Brentford, I think there are many more teams who are really strong and tough and it is not only those top six clubs.”
The United boss added: “I want to have players with the right personalities who are outstanding and contribute on the highest levels, that is what we want and what we have to work for.
“I think we are in a good direction but also we can also learn from this season and we have to evaluate that after the season, make the right conclusions for the future and that is what we will definitely do that after the season.”