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Sir Jim Ratcliffe to visit Carrington to hold talks with Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag and coaching staff today

Sir Jim Ratcliffe is in the city to hold talks with Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag and his staff following his 25% acquisition of the Old Trafford club, according to the Daily Mail journalist Chris Wheeler.

The British billionaire lives in Monaco and is visiting the Red Devils training ground and stadium for the first time since the Glazers officially sold part of their shares to him on Christmas Eve.

INEOS director of sport Sir Dave Brailsford visited the Man United training ground for the first time in an official capacity on Sunday, and Ratcliffe has now followed suit.

The approval process of his partial takeover by the Premier League is expected to take between six and eight weeks.

However, his team has started work and all footballing and significant sporting decisions would have to be run past him during the ratification process.

As a result, he will have a major say in the transfer decisions the Red Devils plan to take during the January transfer window.

While Brailsford has started work in a proper capacity, changes at board level are not expected to be made until the Premier League has approved the deal.

A new Chief Executive Office and director of sports are expected to be appointed when Ratcliffe is announced as the Red Devils’ co-owner by the Premier League.

The future of Ten Hag at Man United is also uncertain following the club’s underwhelming performances this season.

They have been knocked out of Europe and the League Cup and are currently seventh in the Premier League table after nine defeats and a draw in 20 games.

Man United have scored just 22 league goals, the least of the teams outside the bottom two, and they need to bolster their attack this month to boost their chances of finishing the campaign on a better note.

Ratcliffe will be eager to make an immediate difference at the club, but he needs to wait until the summer transfer window to play a huge role in recruiting quality players the squad is currently crying out for.