Ten Hag gives insight after meeting Ratcliffe amid Man Utd uncertainty

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Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag has opened up ahead of Sunday’s FA Cup showdown with Fulham. The Red Devils will go into the game on a high after a 1-0 victory over Real Betis on Thursday. And a win over the weekend would see them through to yet another semi-final, having previously made the last four of the Carabao Cup – which they went on to claim glory in. 

Sir Jim Ratcliffe is at United today, with the British billionaire holding talks regarding a potential takeover of the club.

And Ten Hag has now confirmed he’s met the INEOS chief, though refused to delve into specific details.

“I just met them and shook hands but I am focused on the game,” said the 53-year-old at a press conference.

“We play a big game on Sunday and all our focus is on that. Others in the club are dealing with potential investors.

“My job is to focus on the game so let’s talk about the game Fulham, it is a big tie so let’s get ready for that.”

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United have already won one competition this term in the form of the Carabao Cup.

And victory over Fulham on Sunday would boost their chances of a second triumph, while they also remain in contention to claim Europa League glory.

Ten Hag is keen for more success, saying: “We have to set a winning culture. We are Manchester United.

“We have to win all the games we have to compete in all the leagues. That is the mentality.

“The mentality is when you go into a game you have to win it.”

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He added: “Of course it [returning to Wembley] is huge a motivation.

“We enjoyed winning a trophy and it has to be the fuel for the next one and push for that idea and that has to bring extra energy to beat Fulham.”

One player key for United this season is Marcus Rashford, who netted his 27th goal of the campaign during his side’s 1-0 win over Real Betis on Thursday night.

And Ten Hag is happy with the way the 25-year-old has developed. He said: “He progressed during the season.

“He was not in the best shape when he started the season but the way of playing gives him a base and he brings his skills in and his attitude and mentality and that is bringing in a lot of progress and gives the team a lot of joy and gives him a lot of goals and us a lot of wins.”

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