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Manchester United transfer news live latest Jarrad Branthwaite and Manuel Ugarte updates

Manchester United transfer news live latest Jarrad Branthwaite and Manuel Ugarte updates

The Manchester United squad must have felt butterflies in their stomachs on the morning of May 25. The FA Cup final at Wembley was do-or-die territory when it came to how this season would be remembered.

But among the executives watching, especially Sir Jim Ratcliffe, there would have been a similar sense of nervousness and queasiness ahead of the Manchester City clash. Ratcliffe would have been desperate to savour that feeling of victory as a co-owner of his boyhood club, but the 71-year-old would also have been aware of how valuable this match would be.

He became the club’s chief decision-maker at a perilous time. Results were plummeting, the manager was under pressure and the financial situation was starting to look a little dire. An early exit from Europe made matters worse and, had they failed to win the FA Cup final, United would have gone into next season without being in any continental competition.

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Matthijs de Ligt warms up during the UEFA EURO 2024 round of 16 match between Romania and the Netherlands. (Image: Joris Verwijst/BSR Agency/Getty Images)