Man United agent transfer warning should shame Sir Jim Ratcliffe as target makes vow

Manchester United co-owner Sir Jim Ratcliffe
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When Sir Jim Ratcliffe completed his minority purchase of Manchester United, he was keen to stress that he would not just be focused on the men's team.

United were late to the women's football revolution but since earning their place in the Women's Super League they have become a threat. A fifth-placed finish last season was underwhelming considering they were runners-up the year before but the foundations appeared to be in place to regroup.

However, in our latest look at the media headlines an admission by agents suggests this progress is no more which should be of great embarrassment to Ineos.

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Agents warn to stay away from United

According to journalist Katie Whyatt in an interview with BBC Radio 5 Live, the United women's team is no longer seen as a priority since Ratcliffe's arrival. She claimed that 'horror stories' have come out of Old Trafford regarding Ineos' running of the squad with agents reportedly telling their clients not to move to United.

On Saturday it emerged that goalkeeper Mary Earps will be the latest United player to leave shortly after captain Katie Zelem was announced as departing at the expiry of her contract.

What MEN Sport says: The revelations surrounding the United women's team and the lack of care that Ratcliffe has shown should bring shame on both himself and Ineos as a whole. The Reds' co-owner has often spoken about wanting to emulate the recent success of Manchester City and it is disappointing to discover that only expands to the men's team. In this day and age there is really no excuse to allow the women's team to go to rack and ruin. It also gives United a bad image which could taint hopes of securing major sponsorship deals at a time when the club needs the money. Ratcliffe needs to address this situation quickly before it does any more damage.

New coaching target makes vow

Go Ahead Eagles manager Rene Hake has told Dutch media outlet AD the prospect of moving to United is at the forefront of his mind but that he will not let it cloud his duty towards his current team. "I owe it to them (Go Ahead Eagles to carry on as normal)," he explained.

"It's not in the back of your head, but in your forehead. It can't get any crazier (than moving to United), can it?"

What MEN Sport says: Since being linked with a place on the coaching staff at United, Hake has caught the attention of the fanbase. Videos have circulated on social media of his no-nonsense management style which many feel this current squad of players are crying out for. These comments by the Dutchman should also be warmly received to. It is clear that he wants to be at Old Trafford and is not against stepping back into an assistant role. It seems as though he is exactly what the dressing room needs at this moment.