Sir Jim Ratcliffe Discusses Erik ten Hag’s Future at Manchester United Future as He Takes Over

Sir Jim Ratcliffe Discusses Erik ten Hag’s Future at Manchester United Future as He Takes Over

Martin Moses
updated at February 22, 2024 at 7:03 AM
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  • Sir Jim Ratcliffe has opened up on his plans for Manchester United
  • Ratcliffe's INEOS Group will be in charge of all football operations
  • Erik ten Hag's future remains a talking point as Ratcliffe settles in

Sir Jim Ratcliffe, for the first time since taking over officially as Manchester United's new minority owner, has spoken candidly of his future plans at the club.

The Premier League approved the INEOS founder's 27.7% purchase of the club on Tuesday evening, paving the way for him to start effecting changes on the football front.

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New Manchester United owner, Sir Jim Ratcliffe, during the 1958 Munich Air Disaster Memorial. Photo by Martin Rickett.
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The British billionaire has insisted that he intends to take the Red Devils back to the glory days not witnessed in the red side of Manchester since the days of Sir Alex Ferguson.

The club has already brought in Omar Berrada as the new CEO, with Dan Ashworth expected to join soon as the new sporting director.

Ratcliffe on ten Hag's future

Ratcliffe declined to outrightly comment on Erik ten Hag's future, choosing to comment instead on the environment that has prevented other elite managers from performing since Ferguson left.

"I don't think it is appropriate for me to speak about individuals, but when you look at the last 11 years, Manchester United has had quite a few coaches who were capable and very successful elsewhere but not so much at the club. So that would say to me that there is a huge problem with the environment," he told BBC Sports.

Ten Hag won the Carabao Cup in his first season before enduring a dip in form at the start of his second year in charge. The record English champions recorded their worst start to a Premier League season and were knocked out of the Champions League.

He has since found his footing with the side yet to taste defeat in 2024. They are, however, still sixth on the Premier League table, five points off the last automatic Champions League spot.

Ratcliffe outlines conditions for Greenwood's return

Ratcliffe has also spoken on Mason Greenwood's potential return to United next season. The English striker is currently on loan at Getafe after his charges were dropped one year ago.

Sports Brief has also reported that Ratcliffe has stated the striker's situation will be analysed extensively before a decision can be made on his return. He is contracted at the club until 2025.

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