Sir Jim Ratcliffe is set to visit Old Trafford this week as the next stage of the Manchester United takeover process heats up.

BBC Sport report that potential bidders are set to get more information about the inner workings of the club in the coming days.

While many officials related to takeover bids are expected to be there, Ratcliffe will also be in attendance personally.

That is not seen as anything out of the ordinary but it is of course a sign of just how serious he is about buying the club.

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Sir Jim Ratcliffe set to come to Old Trafford on Friday

The report claims he is going to be part of an Ineos delegation coming to Old Trafford on a day Erik ten Hag is set to be at Carrington for his press conference.

There is only one potential unknown, with Nice in Europa Conference League action against Sheriff, who United played earlier this season, on Thursday night.

But it should not be too difficult for him to get from Nice to Manchester in time to be part of the next stage of talks during a crunch week.

Representatives of Qatar’s Sheikh Jassim are due at the club on Thursday, when the first team operation will be busy with the Betis game.

Ratcliffe and Sheikh Jassim are the two bidders who have shown their hand so far, going public with their interest in the club.

There has been talk of other investors and potentially minority financing investment, but as it stands, it looks to be a two-horse race.

The situation may become more clear in the coming days, when the bidders can get a more accurate idea of what the club is worth having had access to more information.

Maybe the international break will provide a chance for more progress to be made

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