The English media is spinning around to find out what made Ratcliffe and the gang continue to bet on Erik ten Hag as coach.

Few thought the Dutchman had a future at Old Trafford, despite the FA Cup final. Now frantic calls are being made to the newspapers’ sources to find out what really happened. The Times claims that it is not just the United management that needed to be convinced, Ten Hag must also be convinced to want to continue.

According to the English newspaper, Ten Hag has made three demands and assurances before the decision to enter into negotiations for a contract extension.

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It is expected that the United management gives Jason Wilcox the responsibility for new signings, Ten Hag demands that he as a coach does not lose influence on which players are sold and bought and retains the veto right to stop signings he does not want Jadon Sancho to be sold

The contract of assistant coach Benni McCarthy, which expires in June, is extended.

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Numbers 2 and 3 sound straightforward, number 1 is affected by the new recruitment strategy and can be more tricky.