Glazers’ Message to Ten Hag Amidst Sheikh Jassim’s Potential Bid for Manchester United
In November, United’s American owners announced they were exploring “strategic alternatives” for the club, which could result in an outright sale.
Ineos owner Sir Jim Ratcliffe and Qatari banker Sheikh Jassim both made revised bids for the Old Trafford club last week.
Even though it is unclear who will own United during the summer transfer window, Ten Hags men have been impressive on the field.
Indeed, the club won the Carabao Cup in February, their first trophy in six years, and they are still in the running for the Europa League and the FA Cup.
Meanwhile, United are third in the Premier League, but only three points ahead of fifth-placed Newcastle United.
The Glazers, according to the Athletic, have sent a message to the United hierarchy amid the uncertainty surrounding the club’s ownership.
While the takeover talks are ongoing, the American owners are said to have “communicated it is business as usual.”
With that message in mind, United is said to have signed Luke Shaw to a new four-year contract.
Talks have been ongoing to extend Shaw’s contract, which expires in 2024, and a successful conclusion will mark the first piece of squad shaping completed by United since bids on a takeover were submitted.
Qatar’s bid for Manchester United has been boosted.
The Guardian reported earlier this month that Sheikh Jassim is the favorite to buy United, and the Qatari investor has been given a boost in his pursuit of the Premier League club.
Sheikh Jassim, according to the BBC, will be unaffected by the Premier League’s tightening of its rules and regulations on prospective owners.
The league has tightened its rules to prevent human rights violators, violent criminals, and corrupt individuals from owning a football club.
While Qatar has faced criticism in recent years for its human rights record and criminalization of same-sex relationships, Sheikh Jassim’s bid to buy United is expected to proceed unaffected.
Sheikh Jassim has insisted that the Qatari government is not involved in his bid, which he claims will be funded privately by his own Nine Two Foundation.