Sheikh Jassim ‘still confident’ over Man Utd takeover despite twist

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Sheikh Jassim remains confident he’ll succeed in his bid to take over Manchester United, it has been claimed. Reports over the weekend claimed Sir Jim Ratcliffe was ‘close’ to reaching an agreement with the Glazers. However, it appears the situation is yet to be resolved as uncertainty reigns.

On Sunday, it emerged Ratcliffe had tabled a ‘best of both worlds’ offer that he was confident would succeed with.

However, Fabrizio Romano has now claimed nothing is done yet and that Sheikh Jassim remains confident amid his own pursuit of the club.

“It’s also important to say that those close to Sheikh Jassim guarantee that he remains in the race; he remains confident,” Romano said on his YouTube channel.

“And he feels his proposal is the best one for Man United.

“So we know there were so many crazy things happening around this Manchester United bid process.”

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Ratcliffe wants to buy 69 per cent of the club, whereas Sheikh Jassim is looking to seize 100 per cent.

Should Ratcliffe succeed, however, then the Glazers are primed to remain at the club in a smaller capacity – despite being controversial figures.

United fans protested against the family on Sunday, walking through the streets of Manchester prior to the club’s 1-0 win over Aston Villa.

They also made their voices heard during the showdown at Old Trafford, too, with Bruno Fernandes then scoring the only goal of the game.

Sheikh Jassim has vowed to spend big if he succeeds with his offer, with Neymar emerging as a potential target.

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United previously had the Brazil international on a list of ‘fantasy targets’ drawn up during Ed Woodward’s time as executive vice-chairman.

However, the Red Devils never opted to pursue Neymar aggressively.

Paris Saint-Germain have seen the best of the Brazil international since his move from Barcelona in 2017, despite injuries often hampering him.

Yet they could cut Neymar loose on the back of another season when they’ve failed to win the Champions League.

Meanwhile, on Sunday, United boss Erik ten Hag insisted the protests over the Glazers aren’t a distraction for his side as they look to finish the season on a high.

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And the Dutchman praised his side for the way they battled past Villa, saying: “I’m really happy with the points but also with the performance.

“It was impressive against a Villa side who hadn’t lost in 10 games and scored in every game.

“We were really good on the ball in the first half – magnificent.

“We created some really good chances through Casemiro, [Marcus] Rashford, Fernandes and [Marcel] Sabitzer, and scored.

“And then, in the second half, you have to make it 2-0 and you don’t make it. And in the end it’s going to be tough but we saw again the determination of this team.

“We have to keep going from game to game but I think this is a brilliant week for us.

“Before this week, I would have been happy with a point at Spurs. Of course, when you see the game and you are 2-0 up, you are a bit disappointed.

“But with this win, it’s a perfect week. So big credit to the team.”

He added: “We go from game to game. And so the next game is Brighton and you have to do the same, don’t get distracted and not think too much about the table.

“I’m sure we are totally in control. It’s all about us – it’s in our hands.

“We have to bring the same, at the minimum, against Brighton, because we know it’s a tough team from our experience in the semi-final and we have to go again.”

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