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What Man Utd owners told Erik ten Hag behind the scenes in takeover twist

Manchester United owners the Glazers have reportedly assured Erik ten Hag he will be given transfer backing this summer regardless of who owns the club.

The Americans are open to leaving Old Trafford after 18 years. But, there’s still a possibility they’ll end up staying despite the interest from Sheikh Jassim and Sir Jim Ratcliffe.

The Glazers, despite their poor reputation, have given Ten Hag plenty of transfer backing since the 53-year-old arrived back in the summer.

Six players arrived last summer, including big signings such as Antony, Casemiro and Lisandro Martinez. And they then allowed United to seal three loan deals in January, adding to the wage bill at the club in the process.

According to The Sun, Ten Hag has now been assured he’ll be given more transfer backing regardless of who is in charge of Manchester United this summer.

And that will definitely be music to the Dutchman’s ears as he looks to steer the club to Premier League title glory next campaign.

The Red Devils have some big names on their radar as they prepare for the future, with midfield a major area in need of strengthening.

And it is expected the likes of Donny van de Beek and Scott McTominay will be offloaded at the end of the campaign.

United remain admirers of Frenkie de Jong, despite the Barcelona midfielder regularly making it clear how happy he is at the Nou Camp.

Speaking ahead of United’s Premier League clash with Newcastle on Sunday, he said: “Money is one thing, but another thing is strategy.

“When I was at Ajax we had a low budget in comparison to many clubs in the Champions League and still we won the groups, got to the semi-final and were close to the final.

“So it is possible to beat teams with higher budgets. “From my analysis, we are going in the right direction. I think we are building a base this season but we have to progress.

“You can do that by developing the team. You have to play better in every game and in every training session so you can develop your way of playing – and that’s what we are doing.

“We are setting higher demands and standards for our players every time and for the rest in the summer we will see.

“Just now, that’s not our focus point. Just now, it’s about a better way of playing so we have a better chance of winning games.”

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