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Manchester United face huge blow in push for Europe

Man United could be denied a European place due to Sir Jim Ratcliffe’s ownership, and UEFA’s ownership rules would take effect if Erik ten Hag’s side qualify for Europe.

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Despite not being the majority owner, since the deal was completed in February Ratcliffe has taken over footballing operations at United alongside his INEOS colleagues Jean-Claude Blanc and Sir David Brailsford.

The INEOS group also own Nice, with the French side currently fifth in Ligue 1 and on course to secure European football.

Man United could be denied a European place due to Sir Jim Ratcliffe’s ownership, and UEFA’s ownership rules would take effect if Erik ten Hag’s side qualify for Europe.

Manchester United are facing the strong possibility of being barred from European competition next season after UEFA stuck by their rules of multi-club ownership – but Sir Sir Jim Ratcliffe has a plan in place to remedy the situation in years to come.

The Red Devils have suffered fluctuating fortunes this season, with Erik ten Hag failing to get a consistent tune out of his players with their form at one stage leading to the club suffering their worst start to a season since 1930/31.

As a result, the Dutchman has seen his job come under serious scrutiny with multiple reports suggesting his job is on the line and he could he sacked as Manchester United manager.

Indeed, TEAMtalk was the first to break the news that senior figures att Old Trafford feel Ten Hag is a dead man walking at Old Trafford and that a change is certain to be made.

Since our revelation, multiple outlets, including the Daily Mail and the Manchester Evening News – the latter of whom understandably do have to tread extremely carefully – have followed our lead with the same claim.

However, Ten Hag continues to battle on, and the 54-year-old does still have some backing at the club, while last weekend’s thrilling 4-3 victory over Liverpool in the FA Cup quarter-finals illustrated exactly what they are capable of when playing to their best.

Nonetheless, any decision on his future will be decided at the end of the season, with the final decision resting with new minority shareholder Ratcliffe, who has also been granted full sporting control at Old Trafford.

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