Man United boss Ten Hag meets with potential buyer Ratcliffe

Erik ten Hag has confirmed he met potential Manchester United owner Sir Jim Ratcliffe on Friday during the British billionaire’s talks to buy the club.

Ratcliffe and other members of his consortium met United CEO Richard Arnold at Old Trafford on Friday morning before touring the Carrington training base.

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Ten Hag was introduced to Ratcliffe, chairman and chief executive officer of chemicals company INEOS, in Carrington after flying back to Manchester on Thursday night following United’s 1-0 win over Real Betis in the Europa League.

“I just met her, we shake hands, I’m focused on the game. We’re playing a big game on Sunday, we’re just concentrating on that, others at the club are dealing with potential investors,” Ten Hag said at a press conference on Friday afternoon.

Ratcliffe was at Old Trafford for 24 hours after representatives of Qatari businessman Sheikh Jassim Bin Hamad Al Thani also met with United officials on Thursday to discuss their takeover bid.

The club hope to have clarity on ownership by the end of the season and Ten Hag insists his only focus is on the run-in, starting with Sunday’s FA Cup quarter-finals against Fulham.

“My job at this moment is to focus on the game, so let’s talk about the game, it’s a big draw and we have to prepare for it,” he said.

Ten Hag will be without Casemiro against Fulham as the Brazilian midfielder sits out the first game of his four-game ban after his red card in the 0-0 draw with Southampton.

Bruno Fernandes and Fred will almost certainly start with either Marcel Sabitzer or Scott McTominay replacing Casemiro.

“We still had many games without Casemiro,” said Ten Hag.

“We did really well without Casemiro against Arsenal, Leeds and also early in the season but I want Casemiro to be available. He has a big influence on our game.

“We’ve also won a lot of games without Casemiro, so he’s not available, so we have to make do with a lot of players.”

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