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Ten Hag holds positive talks with Ratcliffe

Ten Hag said his first contact with Ratcliffe went well

Update : 04 Jan 2024, 11:35 PM

Erik ten Hag said he held "very positive" talks with Sir Jim Ratcliffe when the under-fire Manchester United boss met the club's new minority stakeholder this week.

Ratcliffe's INEOS group will assume control of United's football operations once the purchase of a 25% share in the Old Trafford club is ratified.

The British billionaire has been in Manchester for a series of meetings with club staff, including Ten Hag, who has been heavily criticized during a troubled second season in charge.

United crashed out of the Champions League in the group stage, were eliminated from the League Cup by Newcastle United and are languishing nine points adrift of the Premier League's top four, in eighth place.

Ten Hag is under intense pressure after 14 defeats so far this season - but the Dutch coach said his first contact with Ratcliffe went well.

"It was very positive, I have to say. We had a long meeting, for many hours we sat together and on many issues we are on the same page so it was very positive," Ten Hag said Thursday.

"I think from both sides it was a very constructive meeting and we look forward to working with them."

United travel to Wigan Athletic in the FA Cup third round Monday and a shock defeat to the third-tier side would add to the pressure on Ten Hag.

One of many issues to plague Ten Hag this term has been the future of Jadon Sancho.

The England forward has not featured since August after falling out with the Dutchman when he was dropped for a match at Arsenal.

Sancho is said to be close to rejoining Borussia Dortmund on a loan until the end of the season, but Ten Hag would not be drawn on the reports.

"I can't say anything about that," he said.

"We have to wait and see how things are going and when we have news of course we will tell you."

Ten Hag confirmed United have triggered contract extensions for Victor Lindelof, Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Hannibal Mejbri.

The club are understood to be in discussions with Raphael Varane and Anthony Martial over their futures instead of taking up options in their current contracts.

"We are talking with Varane, with Martial, and we triggered the options on Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof and Hannibal," Ten Hag said.

Asked why the two players' contract options had not been triggered, he said: "I think that is an internal discussion between the club and the players."

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