Ratcliffe rules out Man Utd appointments and Jassim decides next step

Erik ten Hag reviews Real Betis victory

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Manchester United battled their way into the quarter-finals of the Europa League with a 1-0 win over Real Betis on Thursday night. On the same day, more reports surrounding Sir Jim Ratcliffe and Sheikh Jassim have emerged. Express Sport now takes a look at all the latest coming out of the club.

Ratcliffe rules out two appointments

According to BBC Sport, Ratcliffe won’t appoint former GB cycling and Team Sky chief Brailsford nor Blanc if he ends up taking over United.

However, both would be asked to ‘lend their expertise and learnings from across the Ineos sports portfolio’ should the bid prove to be successful.

Both men are primed to accompany the billionaire to Manchester on Friday.

Ratcliffe is hopeful that, by visiting the city in person, he’ll get an edge over fellow takeover candidate Sheikh Jassim.

Whether that ends up being true, however, remains to be seen.

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Jassim decides next step

Sheikh Jassim is primed to launch a second bid for Manchester United after his advisers held takeover talks on Thursday.

That’s according to Sky Sports’ Kaveh Solhekol, who said on Twitter: “Sheikh Jassim expected to make second bid for Man United within 10 days after his advisers visited the club today.

“All bidders will be asked to make another bid in next 10 days.”

And he also quoted a US source as saying: “There should be no doubt at all that Jassim wants to be the owner & custodian of United.”

As well as Sheikh Jassim and Ratcliffe, two parties from the United States are also interested in buying the club.

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Scholes on Pellistri

Pellistri made his full debut for United against Betis on Thursday.

And Scholes hailed the forward for his performance, saying on BT Sport: “I thought he did alright. He’s not played a lot of football but I thought he was quite lively going on the outside.

“A few early crosses I think he overhit possibly, but the team were a little bit like that, to be fair.

“But he was a real threat. I thought he was the one looking to create and be dangerous, hit the post – was a bit unlucky and it would have been nice for him to get his goal there.

“He’s very direct, I don’t think you’ll see any fancy stuff from him. He will be direct, go towards goal and try and cross the balls for forwards in the box, and get shots on goal. I thought overall he was alright.”

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Maguire on his game time

Speaking after he impressed against Betis, Harry Maguire admitted he was hoping to win back his place in the United side permanently.

“I work hard at the training ground and that’s all that you can do,” he stated.

“You can work hard in training, I put everything into training. We have good coaches at this club and they put on really good sessions for us the day after games.

“Listen, it’s not been too long since my last game, I think it is a couple of weeks ago, I have started five, six, seven since the World Cup.

“Obviously, I want to play more, I want to start more games, but I’m playing my part on and off the field. It’s nice to be out there leading the team and getting the victory, which is the most important part for myself and the club.”

Ten Hag makes vow

Erik ten Hag has admitted he wants United to cope with the best teams in the world after guiding them to yet another European win.

“We have to progress every day,” said the 53-year-old.

“We still have many gaps in the way we play. We have to work on that.

“We have to improve that because we want to compete with the best teams in the world.

“At Manchester United, we have to win every competition.

“This competition is important, it’s also about the trophy but also about the qualification for the Champions League next year.”

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