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Sheikh Jassim takeover ‘approved’, Ratcliffe readies bid, Onana ‘loses trust’

Sir Jim Ratcliffe and Sheikh Jassim bin Hamad Al Thani remain in the race to buy Manchester United from the Glazers, while one of Erik ten Hag’s biggest transfer deals is coming under scrutiny

Manchester United fans can relax for a fortnight, as the international break offers Erik ten Hag’s side some much-needed respite.

Pressure has been building on the Dutch boss in recent weeks but Saturday’s last-gasp 2-1 win at home to Brentford has given him a reprieve. Substitute Scott McTominay scored twice in added time, easing the scrutiny on Ten Hag.

As the Premier League is on pause, United’s takeover saga is set to return to the fore; with INEOS chief Sir Jim Ratcliffe expected to submit a fresh offer which would see him become a minority shareholder with a view to completing a full acquisition in the future. Rival bidder Sheikh Jassim bin Hamad Al Thani, meanwhile, appears to have the approval of ex-Red Devils star David Beckham.

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