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Man Utd: Ratcliffe ‘fuming’ at ‘angry’ Ten Hag as the Red Devils boss lands himself in ‘hot water’

Man Utd: Ratcliffe ‘fuming’ at ‘angry’ Ten Hag as the Red Devils boss lands himself in ‘hot water’

Erik ten Hag and Sir Jim Ratcliffe with the Man Utd badge

According to reports, Erik ten Hag has left Man United co-owner Sir Jim Ratcliffe and other Old Trafford officials “fuming” after disclosing specifics of their Ibiza summit.

After Man Utd ended a disappointing ninth in the Premier League and were eliminated from Europe before Christmas by finishing bottom of their Champions League group, the Red Devils board had a difficult choice to make at the end of the season regarding Ten Hag’s future.

However, Ten Hag was able to remain at Old Trafford thanks to a surprising 2-1 triumph over bitter rivals Man City in the FA Cup final and a dearth of superior successors.

Many stories claimed that Man Utd had discussed replacing Ten Hag with several managers at the end of the season. One such article claimed that, prior to the FA Cup final, the Dutchman would undoubtedly be fired, regardless of the outcome against City.

At a meeting in Ibiza, the Man Utd leadership ultimately chose to retain Ten Hag, and the Red Devils are now hoping to offer him a new contract and show confidence in the former Ajax manager.

However, according to The Sun, Ratcliffe and other club executives are “furious” with Ten Hag for “leaking information about their Ibiza summit” earlier this month.

After club officials “turned up on his doorstep” while he was on vacation, Ten Hag revealed more information than he should have in an appearance with Dutch TV, landing him in “hot water.”

The Man Utd manager was “understandably angry with how he had been treated and the way this message was delivered when he was supposed to be on a relaxing break,” after they “informed him they had spoken to other candidates, but that they wanted to keep the Dutchman on.”

However, The Sun goes on to say that Ratcliffe and his INEOS group are now “disappointed that the manager revealed what they believed to be a private meeting on Dutch television this week.”

After choosing to retain Ten Hag as manager, Ratcliffe made his first public remarks earlier this week. In an interview with Bloomberg, he stated, “The coach isn’t the central issue at Manchester United.”

It’s a club for sports. Since you are playing with relatively young players, it must be competitive and intense to some extent, but it also needs to have a supportive element. It hasn’t historically had that kind of atmosphere.

Ratcliffe continued, “It will take two or three summer windows to get to a better place,” in reference to the summer transfer window. We might not be able to resolve every issue during the first transfer window, in my opinion.

“There are no players on Manchester United who are valued at €100 million or more.”

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