Erik ten Hag silent on Manchester United takeover bid with club’s future uncertain

Erik ten Hag refused to be drawn on Manchester United’s future as takeover talks with INEOS’ Sir Jim Ratcliffe continue. 

Speaking ahead of the side’s weekend clash with bottom-placed Sheffield United, the manager was tight-lipped on Ratcliffe’s bid for a 25% stake and control of football operations. 

He said: “I am not involved in this; others are involved, I’m focused on my team and the coming block of games.” 

Man United head to Bramall Lane at 8pm on Saturday searching for their first back-to-back wins of the season.

But Ten Hag was optimistic after their last-gasp victory over Brentford before the international break. 

He said: “You can’t restart, but there is a strong dressing room. They are aligned, determined and willing to win games. That is what we have seen.”  

The Dutchman also skirted questions on Jadon Sancho, who remains absent from first team training since their rift in September. 

“Everything has been said about him,” was his only comment. 

Swedish defender Victor Lindelof will play despite difficult scenes in Brussels this week, when two fatal shootings forced the abandonment of their international game. 

Ten Hag said: “He didn’t sleep overnight. He returned and yesterday he was back in training. Our thoughts are with Victor, the victims’ relatives and the victims. Victor has energy and is ready to play this game.” 

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