ERIK TEN HAG'S MAN UTD 'CONTRACT CLAUSE' TO CAUSE ISSUE AS SIX REQUESTS MADE TO JIM RATCLIFFE

Erik ten Hag's ability to veto potential signings could cause issues for Manchester United.

The Dutchman will return to Old Trafford next season in what will be his third year in Manchester following weeks of speculation regarding his future.

Despite a lowly eighth-placed finish in the Premier League, the 54-year-old led his side to an FA Cup triumph in what was a second consecutive season with silverware, which may have proved wholly important in Sir Jim Ratcliffe and Ineos' decision to keep Ten Hag.

Upon news of his retainment by Ineos, negotiations over a new deal have reportedly begun as the Dutchman will take a bullish approach to retain a certain clause in his contract that gives him the power to veto any potential signing, according to The Times.

Along with him reportedly wanting to keep that power regarding transfers, Ten Hag has laid out six requests to the British billionaire. Ahead of the 2024/25 season, the Dutchman is keen to bring in a new central defender, given the departure of Raphael Varane and the injury issues of Lisandro Martinez, Harry Maguire, and Victor Lindelof this past season.

Also on his wishlist is a midfielder to add to his engine room of Bruno Fernandes, Kobbie Mainoo, Mason Mount and more, as well as a striker to help Rasmus Hojlund with the goal-scoring load now that Anthony Martial has departed the club this summer after nine years.

The requests don't stop there for Ten Hag who is expected to ask for the permanent departure of Jadon Sancho following their public falling out last year, which led to the Englishman being frozen out of the first-team and his subsequent loan exit to Borussia Dortmund.

The Dutchman also wants Benni McCarthy to remain as part of his staff and will ask the club to hand the South African coach a new deal with his contract expiring at the end of June. The former Porto and Ajax striker had been praised by Marcus Rashford whose own future is one that Ten Hag wants resolved.

United will reportedly consider selling the 26-year-old should he push to leave his boyhood club after a disappointing campaign where he scored just eight goals across all competitions with his downturn in form leading to his omission from England's Euro 2024 squad.

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