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Sir Jim Ratcliffe “wants to sell” four big Manchester United stars in Erik ten Hag’s squad



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Sir Jim Ratcliffe is reportedly keen to sell four of Erik ten Hag’s Manchester United squad as he makes his mark on the sporting side of the club.

Sir Jim Ratcliffe is set to gain full sporting control of Manchester United once his 25 per cent stake in the club is confirmed, which is expected to be within the next two weeks.

He is set to overhaul a huge amount of the current footballing set-up surrounding Erik ten Hag, with those such as chief executive Richard Arnold and football director John Murtough thought to be in vulnerable positions with respect to their jobs.

Ratcliffe is not just looking to make backroom changes though, and reports have now emerged about four players who the British billionaire is open to selling.

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A report from The Sun has explained that Ratcliffe would be willing to listen to offers for Antony, Anthony Martial, and Jadon Sancho in the January window as he looks to refresh Ten Hag’s attacking options, and Alex Crook from talkSPORT has further claimed that United are open to bids for Casemiro.

A United source explained to The Sun that Ten Hag remains “very firmly” fixed on securing a Champions League place for next campaign – something he is convinced his squad can still achieve.

The source said: “January will be a big month for United. The deal involving Sir Jim should be done by then, and this will free up funds for Ten Hag to reset his squad. He’s targeting a forward who can play on either flank and a right full-back.

“There’s a massive question mark over Sancho and Martial – neither are thought to be a part of the manager’s long-term plans. Both could move on. Despite the difficulties of the first few weeks of the season, Ten Hag remains very confident and will be using the international break to try and work with the wider squad.

“He’s convinced they can finish in the top four. Even though their form has been erratic, they are still within touching distance of those places. Now they have to kick on.

“Sir Jim Ratcliffe and his team won’t be coming in and demanding changes to the management. Ten Hag will get time to prove he’s the person to take the club back to past glories.”