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Man United make decision on £50m star as Sir Jim Ratcliffe discusses transfer control with Erik ten Hag



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Manchester United have made several decisions on players within Erik ten Hag’s squad as the Dutch manager met Ineos chief Sir Jim Ratcliffe on Wednesday afternoon.

Ratcliffe, 71, has been preparing himself for life at Old Trafford following confirmation of his 25 per cent stake in the club.

Bringing in the likes of Sir Dave Brailsford and Jean Claude Blanc, the British billionaire and his Ineos team are awaiting Premier League approval to get stuck into the problems that United face.

After visiting the iconic stadium on Tuesday, Ratcliffe was sighted at the Carrington training complex the following day to meet with the squad and speak with Erik ten Hag for the first time in person.

The United manager will no doubt have wanted to discuss how the Ineos chiefs aim to target the transfer situation, with a sporting director expected to come in and a decreased level of responsibility for the Dutchman.

Paul Mitchell and Dan Ashworth have been described as the favourites for the role and could even work together at Old Trafford, with reports suggesting Mitchell could work in a Head of Recruitment role alongside Ashworth.

Reports have stated that Ten Hag wants to keep his role in regards to transfers, with the manager having it in his contract that he’s allowed a veto on all deals but also having influence in the targets acquired at Old Trafford.

He brought both Antony and Lisandro Martinez from his previous club Ajax in his debut summer to polarising effects. Ratcliffe will likely cite the unsuccessful transfer business when making a final decision on transfer rulings going forward.

However, the latest decision made by the club and consulted on by Ineos is the decision to activate Aaron Wan-Bissaka’s year-long extension before he approaches the final six months of his deal at Old Trafford.

The Daily Mail have reported that the club have extended the deal of the defender, who cost around £50 million from Crystal Palace in 2019, for 12 months as they now plan to open talks with the right-back over a new deal before the end of the season.