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Updated December 29th, 2023 at 22:28 IST

'INEOS wants to work with me': Erik ten Hag hints at a seamless run with Manchester United

Following a string of inconsistent results, Erik ten Hag's job at Manchester United is seemingly under scanner.

Prateek Arya
Man United manager Erik ten Hag tries to stay out of ownership talks and stay focused on the team
Man United manager Erik ten Hag | Image:AP
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Following the announcement of Ratcliffe's acquisition of a 25% stake in the club for an estimated $1.3 billion, the Dutch tactician voiced his excitement about the potential of working with the new co-owners. Despite being under pressure due to United's uneven form this season, Ten Hag is enthusiastic about the new partnership and stated that he is looking forward to discussions and meetings with the new investors in the coming days.

3 things you need to know

  • Manchester United have endured a tough run in EPL 2023/24 season
  • Manager Erik ten Hag is under scanner after inconsistent results
  • United ownership has undergone a transition

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Erik ten Hag is confident about his future at United

United pulled out a 3-2 win over Aston Villa in their final Premier League match of 2023, relieving some of the strain on Ten Hag. His role, however, will be called into question if the Red Devils underperform on the road against Nottingham Forest on Saturday evening.

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Speaking to reporters, Ten Hag said: "As you said, the schedule is so condensed, so I haven't had the time so far to speak with them, but it will come, and I look forward [to it]. They want to work with me, and I want to work with them. We will have the conversations, the meetings, so we will see.
"Listen, I'm focused on the games so far. So, as I said, at this moment, I don't want to have distractions but in the coming days, and weeks, there will be time for this and then I will know more. But I think it's a good thing, it's very positive, we are really looking forward to working together. INEOS wants to work with me, with this infrastructure, and I want to work with them."

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INEOS in power

According to reports, United cannot show Ten Hag the door without the permission of INEOS. In reality, Ratcliffe's group must approve any major sporting decision, including transfers. However, they are preparing a big revamp at Old Trafford, which could result in layoffs for hundreds of employees.

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Published December 29th, 2023 at 22:28 IST

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