Manchester United’s new project under Erik ten Hag got the reality check on the pitch, as Brighton and Hove Albion left Old Trafford with a 2-1 win in their Premier League opener on Sunday.
Off the pitch, things haven’t been easy either, with John Murtough and his recruitment staff struggling to bring in top players to help the new manager.
The absence of Champions League football and a lack of sufficient transfer budget has left United chasing players that won’t come close to being on the transfer wish list of any of their Top 6 rivals.
Before the Brighton defeat, it was reported that the Red Devils had a bid rejected by Bologna for striker Marko Arnautovic. The 33-year-old’s time at West Ham from 2017 to 2019 should be enough for United to understand that he isn’t going to solve their goal-scoring issues.
Ten Hag also wants to bolster his midfield options, but the club’s latest target is no better than Scott McTominay and Fred.
According to the Manchester Evening News, United have agreed a fee in principle with Juventus to sign Adrien Rabiot.
United are yet to negotiate personal terms with Rabiot’s agent – his mother, Veronique, who is understood to be the “only stumbling block” as the club have to agree satisfactory personal terms.
The France midfielder, who started 28 times last season for the Italian outfit, isn’t seen as Frenkie de Jong’s alternative at the moment.