Erik ten Hag has confirmed he met potential Manchester United owner Sir Jim Ratcliffe on Friday during the British billionaire's talks to buy the club.

Ratcliffe and other members of his consortium met United CEO Richard Arnold at Old Trafford on Friday morning before touring the Carrington training base.

Ten Hag was introduced to Ratcliffe, chairman and CEO of chemical company INEOS, at Carrington after flying back to Manchester on Thursday night following United's 1-0 win over Real Betis in the Europa League.

"I just met them, we shake hands, I'm focused on the game. We play a big game on Sunday, all our focus is on that, others in the club are dealing with potential investors," Ten Hag told a news conference on Friday afternoon.

Ratcliffe was at Old Trafford 24 hours after representatives of Qatar businessman Sheikh Jassim Bin Hamad Al Thani also met with United officials to discuss their takeover bid on Thursday.