Man Utd news: Sir Jim Ratcliffe fires threat to Erik ten Hag with changes incoming | Football | Sport

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has warned that managers will have to conform to a certain style of play. Sir Jim and a number of other senior Old Trafford figures are set to consult over the Red Devils’ new on-pitch identity in a bid to get back into contention over the coming seasons.

Ten Hag was hired by United for his ambitious brand of football during a five-year stint at Ajax – a brand which took a young side all the way to the Champions League semi-finals in 2019.

But the Dutchman may not have free reign over United’s playing style once Sir Jim sits down with his team of INEOS experts and key personnel he is yet to appoint. Speaking out for the first time since his minority buy-in was confirmed, the petrochemicals billionaire shed light on his vision for the future.

“We’ll decide [on the style of play],” said the 71-year-old. “It’ll be us, plus the CEO, sporting director, probably the recruitment guys, what the style of football is and that will be the Manchester United style of football.

“The coach will have to play that style. What you need are the foundations to be in a good place for Manchester United to be successful, which means that, from our point of view anyway, that you need the right organisational structure, which means not having a coach reporting to the chief executive for instance.

INEOS are now believed to be hunting down a new sporting director, with Dan Ashworth at the top of the hit list. United’s transfer business has faced heavy scrutiny in recent years and Ashworth boasts a superb track record from his time at Brighton and Newcastle.

It remains to be seen how Ten Hag takes the news that he will have to conform to United’s style of play, rather than the other way round. The 54-year-old has only just run into a spell of good form this season, winning five games in a row ahead of Saturday’s clash with Fulham.


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