Sir Jim Ratcliffe has named a shortlist of five candidates to become Man Utd’s new sporting director

Sir Jim Ratcliffe has already drawn up a shortlist of five candidates as he searches for a new sporting director at Manchester United.

While Ratcliffe’s bid will see the Glazers remain the majority shareholder, it is believed that the INEOS team will be responsible for the football operations, while the Americans will handle the commercial side.

Ahead of the proposed deal, Ratcliffe is said to have drawn up a shortlist of candidates for United’s new sporting director.
According to the Daily Mirror, former Monaco and Tottenham Hotspur manager Paul Mitchell is on Ratcliffe’s list.

The 42-year-old left Monaco last month and is highly regarded across Europe as he has also been linked with Liverpool.

Newcastle United sporting director Dan Ashworth is also said to be on the radar, but it will take a huge sum of money to lure him away from the North East.

Former Liverpool sporting directors Julian Ward and Michael Edwards are also said to be interested in Ratcliffe.
However, their links to the Anfield club could make things difficult.

Finally, the CEO of INEOS, Jean Claude Blanc, is also said to be on the wanted list.

Blanc became CEO of the INEOS sports empire, which includes football, rugby, Formula 1 and cycling teams.

The Frenchman has also worked in the past for big European clubs such as Juventus and Paris Saint Germain.

According to the Times, the INEOS team’s first priority is to shake up United’s playing squad and football staff.

“Sadio Mane or Mo Salah”: Obi Mikel chooses favorite between two-time APOTY holders

Former teammates Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mané helped Liverpool win the English Premier League for the first time in 30 years in the 2019-20 season…

Former Chelsea star John Obi Mikel has revealed his favorite among former Liverpool teammates Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane in the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations draw in Abidjan, reports

While Salah was busy preparing for Egypt’s international friendly against Zambia, in which they recorded a 1-0 victory, with Hamdy Fathy scoring the winning goal, Mikel was joined by Mane for the draw ‘AFCON.

Mane has been busy in the transfer window for the last year. He moved from Liverpool to Bayern Munich and after a season in Germany he moved from Bayern Munich to Al Nassr.

Not to forget that while Mane played for the Reds, he and Salah were formidable strikers who posed a threat to domestic and international opponents.

Meanwhile, this extends to their country’s successes, earning Salah African Footballer of the Year in 2017 and 2018, while Mane picked it in 2019 and 2022 after leading Senegal to their first Africa Cup of Nations title .

During the CAN 2023 draw, Mikel participated in a short “this or that” question/answer session recorded on social media.

When asked to choose between Salah and Mané, the former Chelsea star said he preferred Egyptian king Mo Salah. He said: “Of course you have to accompany Egyptian King Mo Salah. 

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