Get the right (and wrong) players, END Old Trafford’s loose roof, trust youth and be brutal with Erik ten Hag… Mail Sport experts outline what Sir Jim Ratcliffe needs to change at Manchester United.

Get the right (and wrong) players, END Old Trafford’s loose roof, trust youth and be brutal with Erik ten Hag… Mail Sport experts outline what Sir Jim Ratcliffe needs to change at Manchester United.

By Chris Wheeler and Anthony Hay and Nathan Salt for The Daily Mail

22:31 12 Jan 2024, updated 23:19 12 Jan 2024

  • Sir Jim Ratcliffe will be in attendance for his first Manchester United game on Sunday
  • Before they arrive, Mail Sport experts explain the tasks at hand
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Sir Jim Ratcliffe will be in attendance for his first Manchester United game on Sunday since ending his half-time involvement.

Old Trafford hosts Tottenham at a time when fresh eyes and money are needed for United to turn the corner after a decade.

There is a lot of work to be done at Man United after years of relegation and a series of difficult seasons that have seen fans express their frustration at the club’s management.

But what do United need to change and what are the key areas they need to change?

Here, the Mail Sport experts find out what tasks the British billionaire will need to do when he arrives in Manchester.

CHRIS WHEELER

CREATE THE RIGHT PLAYERS

United have blown £1 billion on failed signings over the past decade, with Jadon Sancho’s return to Dortmund this week being the latest news. While FFP is biting, the club needs a recruitment process to fix it.

Sir Jim Ratcliffe will be in attendance for his first Manchester United game on Sunday since ending his half-time involvement
Manchester United have a number of problems that the British billionaire has to deal with

…is the WRONG TEACHER OUT

Too many players who are too old or too young to play in the senior ranks have disrupted the team. United are aggressive in offering Anthony Martial and Raphael Varane contract extensions. Keep going.

CALL THE RIGHT STADIUM

As a childhood fan, Ratcliffe knows the allure of Old Trafford. As a hard-headed businessman, he recognizes the gold mine of a new stadium like Tottenham’s. It’s a big decision that he and the Glazers can’t afford to make.

GIVE ERIK TIME

New owners have a habit of bringing in a new manager and Erik ten Hag has given Ineos the tools to make a change. Judge him on his first season, not the first half of a chaotic second. It can pay off.

ANTHONY HAY

THE FUTURE FROM THE FUTURE

It is not difficult for Sir Jim to fix the bad reputation of the Glazer family but the Manchester United faithful want more than that. Ratcliffe needs to go to games more often to show that he cares about the club.

BE BEST IN CLASS

Ratcliffe should hire the best in the class when it comes to major conferences as a football coach. Landing Dan Ashworth from Newcastle would be a good start.

CREATE A CLUB BUSINESS

United have a terrible record when it comes to selling their mistakes. Team players should not be sold on the cheap.

BE YOUNG PLAYERS

The team needs to look for players who are at their peak. Spending big on Casemiro and Raphael Varane was a mistake as they are injured and will soon need to be replaced.

BE A TEACHER

Ratcliffe wouldn’t have become one of Britain’s richest men without being ruthless. He should continue this form at United. Erik ten Hag needs to be fired if the economy doesn’t improve.

Erik ten Hag is set to be sacked if finances fail, after United’s recent struggles
Casemiro (L) and Raphael Varane (R) have shown success while at United

NATHAN SALT

STOP BUYING MORE DUDS

United have been trained by rivals in recent years. They should target players who will be expensive to replace.

GET IT FIXED

Don’t think the climate change to rid Manchester of rain is coming any time soon. Fix a leaky roof – it’s ridiculous.

GET THE GOAL

This is important and can lift the darkness. The fans remember the great strikers of the past… however they watched Odion Ighalo, Wout Weghorst, Anthony Martial and others of late. It’s sad how few goals United have scored.

Sir Dave Brailsford (third left), pictured during Manchester United’s 2-0 win over Wigan at the DW Stadium on Monday night, could be the team’s long-term solution.

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TRUST THE EDUCATION

All signs point to Ratcliffe putting together a team of his trusted managers – including Sir Dave Brailsford – to whip United up. It may take some time but he has to believe that it will work in the long run.

YOU CAN GIVE WITH CHILDREN

United are on the cusp of a 250-man first-team debut – but few look set to make it that long. A rich history of young talent could help reshape the future at United – and change the perception of fans alike.

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