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Harry Maguire expecting ‘positive effect’ from Sir Jim Ratcliffe’s arrival at Man United

Harry Maguire expecting 'positive effect' from Sir Jim Ratcliffe's arrival at Man United

Manchester United defender Harry Maguire has lauded the positive energy around the club following the arrival of Sir Jim Ratcliffe.

INEOS and Ratcliffe finally got the green light from the Premier League to complete their takeover as minority investors at the club.

The British billionaire had agreed to purchase a 25% stake at the club in December last year, and it’s now only a matter of time before he takes control, with the Football Association yet to sign off on the final agreement.

However, there’s already a positive atmosphere around the club with Ratcliffe expected to take over footballing operations, which will mark a host of changes around Old Trafford.

Ratcliffe’s arrival has already amplified talks surrounding the sporting director role, with Newcastle United talent spotter Dan Ashworth strongly linked with the job.

There are also plans to either redevelop Old Trafford or build a new stadium, and Maguire is hopeful that Ratcliffe’s vision will get United to compete for the biggest trophies in club football once again.

“There’s a positive energy around the place, a good intensity,” Maguire told Sky Sports. “Obviously, INEOS has come in, Sir Jim, and I’m sure he’s going to have a big positive effect at this club.

“I want this club to be successful, and I’m sure he’s going to be a big part in helping get this club back to where it should be.

“I’m sure he’s got a vision in what he sees and what he wants from this club, and I’m sure he’ll move it in the right direction.” 

United fans would be delighted that the takeover saga is finally over, and while they await a potential turnaround in fortunes, Erik ten Hag’s side will be focused on their top-four battle.

The Red Devils are unbeaten in their last six games (W5, D1), winning three consecutive Premier League games for the first time since November last year, moving within six points of the top four. 

United will be looking to extend that run of form against Luton Town this weekend.

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