Man Utd takeover LIVE – Sheikh Jassim absence explained at visit

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Friday marks the latest significant day in the Manchester United takeover saga, with Sir Jim Ratcliffe expected at Old Trafford for crunch talks. Sheikh Jassim bin Hamad Al Thani’s delegation paid a visit on Thursday, but now it’s the INEOS boss’ turn to exchange information and form relationships.

The tides appear to be turning in the Qatari banker’s favour after the party he sent to Manchester reportedly held talks for 10 hours. The meetings have been described as ‘very positive’ and ‘substantive’, with Sheikh Jassim now set to launch an improved second bid.

He isn’t the only suitor interested in a full-scale sale, with reports claiming there are two other parties aside from him and Ratcliffe eyeing a full sale. But they are the two leading candidates, and Ratcliffe will reportedly take five trusted advisors with him for the same Old Trafford and Carrington experience on Friday.

There will be plenty of takeover updates throughout the day, plus the Europa League draw after United cruised past Real Betis 5-1 on aggregate in the last 16. Express Sport provides the latest…

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Europa League draw to come

We’ll be covering all things Manchester United takeover in this blog, but we’ll also bring you the Europa League quarter-final draw just after 12pm.

United’s potential opponents:

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Union Saint-Gilloise

Sir Ratcliffe’s party revealed

Sir Jim Ratcliffe will hope to gain an edge in the takeover battle for Manchester United on Friday by personally visiting Old Trafford for talks.

And he is set to be flanked by five of his most trusted advisors from INEOS.

According to The Independent, INEOS co-owners Andy Currie and John Reece will join him in Manchester.

INEOS Sport chair Rob Nevin and chief executive Jean Claude Blanc will also be present.

Sir Dave Brailsford, INEOS Sport’s director of sport, is also expected to be among those present.

Sheikh Jassim absence explained

Sheikh Jassim bin Hamad Al Thani was not present in Manchester on Thursday, sending a delegation for takeover talks.

It has led to some fans questioning whether the Qatari banker is truly committed to overthrowing the Glazers.

However, Sky Sports report that he believed it was too early in the process to visit for a ‘photo opportunity’.

Kaveh Solhekol said: “Feeling that it was too early in the process for Sheikh Jassim to go to Old Trafford in person today. He’s been there before as a fan.

“He didn’t just want to go today for a photo opportunity. He sent his top team of experts in finance, banking, property and law.”


Good morning!

It’s set to be another busy day at Old Trafford as Manchester United meet Sir Jim Ratcliffe for face-to-face takeover talks.

Erik ten Hag’s side will also learn their Europa League quarter-final opponents at 12pm.

Grab yourself a cuppa, and let’s get this party started…

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