Ten Hag welcomes Man United sale as 'more money will become available'

Erik ten Hag has been told by Manchester United he’ll have MORE money to spend if the Glazers sell the club – even after his record £220m spree last summer – as they try and catch up with Premier League rivals City and Co

  • The Glazers announced they are ready to sell Manchester United last month
  • Head coach Erik ten Hag admits he would welcome a takeover at Old Trafford
  • Ten Hag says the Glazers making way for new owners will hand him more money
  • United’s American owners are expected to listen to offers in excess of £5billion

Manchester United have told manager Erik ten Hag that an Old Trafford takeover would give him greater spending power to put the club back at the top of English football.

Ten Hag has welcomed the potential sale following an announcement from the Glazer family last month that they are ready to hand over control.

United spent a club record £220million during the Dutchman’s first transfer window in charge last summer, and Ten Hag has been informed that even more money will be available if the sale goes through to compete with his Big Six rivals and emerging threat Newcastle.

Man United have told Erik ten Hag that a takeover would give him greater spending power

The Glazers revealed they are ready to sell up at Old Trafford in a shock statement last month

It’s understood the Glazers will listen to offers in excess of £5billion, but are hoping that figure could go as high as £9bn if media giants like Apple, Amazon and Google enter the bidding.


Ten Hag confirmed that he has discussed the possible takeover with United’s chief executive Richard Arnold, saying: ‘We spoke about the culture, objectives and goals we want, and he confirmed it won’t change. It will be even better because more money will become available for this project.

‘My information is that it will only be a good thing because there will be more investment possible, which is good.

‘I look at the competition around the Premier League and they all have the opportunity to invest. It’s a tough competition between seven or eight clubs.

‘That’s a change in circumstances when you compare it with five or 10 years ago. Newcastle are coming and even West Ham. Maybe not now in the table, but they have huge investment.

‘Spurs definitely and then (Manchester) City and Liverpool – I don’t need to talk about them or Chelsea.

‘You can quickly count seven or eight clubs that can compete in the league. Even at the bottom, I don’t see weak teams, they’re all strong. There are no easy games.

‘I think it’s also about strategy, not just money. It’s clear that when you don’t have the right players and quality players, you will not be successful and achieve the targets you set. The competition is really tough so you need the right players.’ 

The Raine Group have been appointed as exclusive financial advisors to the Glazers over the potential sale

United CEO Richard Arnold has held discussions with the head coach about their future plans

A takeover by Apple, Amazon or Google would put United on another level after a turbulent 17 years under Glazer ownership following their leveraged buyout in 2005.

In the case of Amazon, its £30m-a-year TV deal with the Premier League is unlikely to be an obstacle to buying United – as it was when the monopolies commission blocked BSkyB’s £623m bid in 1999 – because the club’s listing on the New York Stock Exchange effectively makes it an American company.

Ten Hag, who met co-chairmen Joel and Avram Glazer when they came to Manchester recently, added: ‘I don’t speak to them that often but I’ve met them and I’ve spoken to them before I was appointed and when I was appointed.

‘We spoke about how we will work together and how we are going to achieve our objectives, but the most contact is with Richard.’

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