Erik ten Hag 'angers Sir Jim Ratcliffe’ with TV interview as Man United given Luke Shaw update

Sir Jim Ratcliffe shakes hands with Erik ten Hag at Wembley after Manchester United's FA Cup triumph
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It might be the off-season, but a lot is going on at Manchester United this month.

Erik ten Hag has been vocal since learning that he would be kept on as United boss, and his comments are said to have irked Sir Jim Ratcliffe and his Ineos circle. The club co-owner has been speaking to the media as well this week. He explained to Bloomberg why he decided to keep the Dutchman on as head coach and bemoaned the transfer embargo that prohibits moves for players between United and Ineos-owned OGC Nice.

He also discussed his annoyance with ‘complicated’ Financial Fair Play Rules. Meanwhile, United have been given another update on Luke Shaw’s injury. Ten Hag said he didn’t expect the left-back to feature for England at Euro 2024 until the knockouts, and now more information has emerged ahead of Tuesday’s clash with Slovenia.

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Erik ten Hag ‘in hot water’ with Ratcliffe

The Sun says Ratcliffe was irked by Ten Hag’s comments to Dutch media last weekend regarding Ineos’ meeting with him in Ibiza, when he was told he would be keeping his job. "Manchester United disturbed my holiday, they suddenly stood at my doorstep,” the United boss told NOS.

“They flew to me in Ibiza. Ineos took their time. They are new in football, it's normal to reflect the season. It's no secret that they talked with multiple candidates.” Ratcliffe is said to be annoyed given the meeting was confidential and in confidence.

MEN Sport’s Isaac Johnson says: “This seems more like a misunderstanding rather than anything sinister. Anyway, Ratcliffe has been rather vocal about United’s dealings himself this week after staying quiet during the duration of the long end-of-season review, which concluded that Ten Hag would actually stay.

“The report maybe underlines that there are still a few communication creases to iron out at United. On another note, given what happened with Jadon Sancho, it would be interesting to find out whether Ten Hag apologises to his boss.”

Shaw fitness update

Luke Shaw is almost certain to miss England’s final Euro 2024 group game with Slovenia on Tuesday, with the defender still building up fitness. The defender has undergone individual training away from the group, having been omitted from the squad that drew 1-1 with Denmark.

Shaw has not played since February but has been taken to Germany due to limited options at left-back, of which he is the only natural option. Kieran Trippier is expected to start a third successive game in the role as a result of his absence.

MEN Sport’s Isaac Johnson says: “For United, this news perhaps makes little difference given that pre-season doesn’t start for a while yet. But it does perhaps underline the task United medical staff had on their hands to get Shaw back fit during the season.

"Gareth Southgate had initially forecast the full-back to be back by the second group game. I think realistically, it would be remarkable to see him make a start before a potential semi-final.”