Club’s ownership saga won’t affect transfer plans  Club’s ownership saga won’t affect transfer plans – Man United manager

Erik ten Hag is confident Man­chester United can implement their transfer planning this summer regardless of whether there is a change in ownership or not.

A potential takeover has been stalling after the Glazer family announced they were considering selling the club as part of “ex­ploring strategic alternatives” in November.

Sir Jim Ratcliffe’s Ineos Group and Qatari businessman, Sheikh Jassim bin Hamad Al Thani, are the two main parties jostling to buy United having lodged bids with merchant bank Raine Group.

Minority investment has not been ruled out yet either, and while the landscape around who will have control of United ahead of the new season is uncertain, Ten Hag believes he will be able to shape the squad as required during the summer window.

When asked whether the delayed takeover process was affecting transfer strategy or if he was able to press on with the recruitment team, the United manager told Sky Sports News: “Yeah, that’s what I’m doing and that’s our job.

“This season that has to be our energy and the focus, but of course we are also planning for the future, for next season and that’s what we have to do. And that is also talking with your scouting department, recruitment responsi­bilities, and talking with players of course.”

When asked if the club would be able to move for their key tar­gets this summer if there was no change in the ownership situation, Ten Hag responded: “I think so. I came in here [at the end of] last season and we talked about what can we do in the squad, what can we do in transfers.

“And last year, the club con­firmed they can do. So, for me, I don’t think anything changed and yeah, in this summer period we can do the same.”

United have highlighted signing a top forward and dynamic mid­fielder among their chief to-do tasks in the window.

While it is business as usual in terms of recruitment and oth­er practices at the club, there is some trepidation that a contrast­ing direction and even different personnel could accompany a new ownership group.

As things stand, United are certain good groundwork has been laid for the summer window.

Whether there will be a change in ownership and agreement with that planning is the big unknown. -—Sky Sports

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