Sir Jim Ratcliffe makes decision on Erik ten Hag's future as 'simple' Man Utd priority explained

Your round-up of the latest Manchester United headlines ahead of Saturday's Premier League clash against Fulham.

Manchester United have enjoyed a relatively positive week, with victory over Luton Town on Sunday followed by confirmation of Sir Jim Ratcliffe's investment into the club. Erik ten Hag's side were made to fight for three points at Kenilworth Road but have now won five straight games across all competitions.

They host Fulham at Old Trafford on Saturday and there is now genuine hope that a top-four spot can be earned between now and May. In the meantime, ManchesterWorld has rounded up some of the latest headlines coming out of the Reds.

Ten Hag decision

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Ratcliffe will have some big decisions to make over the coming months and reports suggest he is ready to back manager Ten Hag beyond the summer. HITC reports that the Dutchman will remain in the dugout after impressing with this most recent run of results.

Four consecutive Premier League wins has handed United an outside chance of finishing in the top-four and qualifying for next season's Champions League. Such form is thought to have won over Ratcliffe who sees a long-term future with Ten Hag in charge.

United are planning to invest heavily into the paying squad this summer and Ten Hag has already overseen £400million worth of transfers. He is expected to be given plenty more money in order to build the squad to his needs.

Ratcliffe's 'simple' aim

Ratcliffe insists his 'simple' aim at United is to get them back competing for Premier League and Champions League titles. The INEOS chief is officially in charge of footballing operations after his investment was ratified on Tuesday.

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United have not won the Premier League since Sir Alex Ferguson's final campaign in 2012/13 and did not win a single trophy for six years before last season's Carabao Cup. “Well, on the pitch is really simple," Ratcliffe told MUTV. "I think the only interest we have is in winning football matches and competing for the Premier League and competing for the Champions League.

"So that's our only interest in being involved in Manchester United. That is what Manchester United is about. I mean, maybe I'm slightly biased, but I think it's the biggest, the greatest and the most well-known football club in the world. So it should always be competing for the league title and the Champions League title - always.”