Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag has revealed that initial talks with new investors Sir Jim Ratcliffe and INEOS were “very positive” and believes change will arrive sooner rather than later. Sir Jim has been busy in Manchester this week as he awaits confirmation of his £1.3billion deal for a 25 per cent stake in the club.
The 71-year-old tycoon has been spotted at Old Trafford in recent days, where he has held meetings with club figures regarding his upcoming plans.
United announced that the Glazer family had immediately transferred control over all football operations to INEOS on Christmas Eve.
Sir Jim can’t directly influence any decisions before the Premier League ratifies his minority investment, which is expected to be complete in February.
However, he is already preparing for the next steps once his reign officially commences at Old Trafford and the club’s Carrington training complex.
Sir Dave Brailsford, who now has a seat on the club’s board alongside soon-to-be chief executive Jean-Claude Blanc, has attended United’s two matches since Sir Jim’s deal was confirmed.
He was alongside the INEOS founder during talks this week, and Ten Hag was among the club figures addressed.
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Ahead of United’s crucial FA Cup third-round clash against Wigan Athletic on Monday, Ten Hag detailed his first face-to-face meeting with Sir Jim.
“We had a long meeting, many hours we sat together, many issues we were on the same page,” the Dutchman explained.
“Very positive from both sides. It was a very constructive meeting. We look forward to working with each other.”
Ten Hag also suggested that supporters won’t have to wait long to see Sir Jim and INEOS enact change at United once their involvement becomes official in the coming weeks.
He added: “I think it’s very short [until they make changes]. And also we have to let it settle down.
“They’re just coming in, introducing themselves, they have good ideas, we have to see what we can integrate, in togetherness we will work but after one day you can’t tell that.
“No, they have given me a few [what their ideas are]. We have had our debates or our approach about strategies, and I think we will come together.”
United travel to the DW Stadium to start their FA Cup campaign knowing it’s the only trophy left available to win this season. Tottenham Hotspur visit Old Trafford in the Premier League next Sunday.