Manchester United prepare Jarrad Branthwaite bid, as Sir Jim Ratcliffe's first signing: report

Everton defender Jarrad Branthwaite
Everton defender Jarrad Branthwaite (Image credit: Getty Images)

As Manchester United continue to limp towards the 2023/24 finish line, attention is already turning to the club’s rebuilding effort this summer. 

While the club could end the season on a high when they face rivals Manchester City in the FA Cup final, if they fail to improve on their current position of eighth in the Premier League table in their final two matches, it would be their worst-ever finish in the competition’s history. 

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For more than a decade Joe Mewis has worked in football journalism as a reporter and editor, with stints at Mirror Football and LeedsLive among others. He is the author of four football history books that include tomes on Leeds United and the England national team.