Man Utd appointment made as Jassim plans two department developments

Ratcliffe leaves Old Trafford after Man Utd takeover talks

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Ahead of Manchester United’s clash with Fulham on Sunday, the Red Devils remain firmly in the spotlight. Takeover talk is ramping up at Old Trafford amid Sheikh Jassim’s desire to buy the club, while Benni McCarthy has come in for praise from Erik ten Hag. Express Sport now takes a look at the latest stories surrounding the club.

Appointment made

United have appointed the same architects who built Tottenham’s stadium as they consider what to do with Old Trafford.

The Daily Mail say the Red Devils are undecided when it comes to the future of their ground.

It’s possible United will choose to knock Old Trafford down and start from scratch, something that would signal the end of a remarkable era.

But it’s also feasible they’ll stay and instead renovate and redevelop what they’ve already got.

What ultimately happens, therefore, remains to be seen.

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Jassim plans two department developments

According to Sky Sports’ Kaveh Solhekol, speaking on air, Qatar want to develop the women and youth teams at the club if their takeover bid is successful.

“Along with the first team, stadium redevelopment and more – The Qatari delegation also wanted to closely look at the youth system and the women’s team,” he said on Twitter.

“They are very keen on developing these two departments.”

It’s still unclear if Sheikh Jassim will win the battle to take control of United, however.

Sir Jim Ratcliffe remains interested and held talks with the club on Friday.

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McCarthy praise

Speaking ahead of United’s clash with Fulham on Sunday, Erik ten Hag hailed McCarthy for the work he’s done with Marcus Rashford this season.

“I think the most important of course the way of play that gives him base and structure and the way of play is in his favour,” he said.

“I knew his skills. You also bring staff around who can make him better and make him progress and he can get motivated from.

“I thought we needed one of the staff who was specific for strikers and Benni is doing a good job.

“But don’t forget others in the staff because it is about teamwork. The staff is about balance. It is not only about Benni McCarthy.

“All have specific jobs in our squad, we work together, it’s good vibe and they challenge each other and it is the total package and it is not about one person.”

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Pellistri reveals Ten Hag message

After making his full debut for United on Thursday, Facundo Pellistri opened up on what Erik ten Hag said to him.

“The manager really trusts me, so I felt that confidence from him,” said Pellistri.

“He told me to run in behind, to get the ball and enjoy the moment.

“Hopefully it’s the start of this. Of course I’m hungry. A lot of players in the group are really hungry, we have one amazing group. We all push to the same side. Hopefully, at the end of the season, we can win a lot of trophies.

“Being in a club like Manchester United, you always want to be here. So now I’m focused on helping the team to win more trophies this season.”

Ten Hag confirms Ratcliffe meeting

Speaking on Friday, Ten Hag confirmed he’d held talks with Ratcliffe during the Brit’s visit to Manchester.

“I just met them and shook hands but I am focused on the game,” said the 53-year-old.

“We play a big game on Sunday and all our focus is on that.

“Others in the club are dealing with potential investors.

“My job is focus on the game so let’s talk about the game Fulham, it is a big tie so let’s get ready for that.”

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