Manchester United ‘LEAKED’ news the club were in talks to sign Marko Arnautovic to gauge fan reaction before quitting, claims Alan Shearer… and says failed deal sums up the ‘mess’ the Reds are in Devils reunite
- Reported last week that Manchester United want to sign the Austrian striker
- The club pulled out after a furious backlash from supporters during reports
- Erik ten Hag saw his reign as Man United boss get off to a terrible start
Alan Shearer has sensationally claimed that Manchester United have leaked the news that they are in talks to sign Marko Arnautovic to gauge the reaction from fans.
It emerged last week that the club were in talks with Bologna over Arnautovic’s transfer, with fans responding furiously on social media to the reports.
Speaking in the match of the day after United’s ignominious 4-0 defeat at Brentford, Shearer insisted the club had disclosed the fact that they were in talks for the Austrian.
Alan Shearer suggested the club leaked news of their talks for Marko Arnautovic
“I’m convinced that someone from Man United leaked the story linking them to Marko Arnautovic just to see what the reaction was,” he said.
“The reaction was so bad that they then had to withdraw. I’m pretty sure it was [leaked].’
The former Newcastle striker, who has rejected United and Sir Alex Ferguson on several occasions, said the whole saga was indicative of a club that was currently insecure and in disarray.
Shearer said the move was indicative of a club that is in a total mess and doesn’t know what it’s doing.
Erik ten Hag’s reign got off to worst possible start with back-to-back defeats
“I think that pretty much sums up where Manchester United are. They’re in deep trouble,” he added.
United, for the first time in 30 years, find themselves at the bottom of the Premier League table with the club struggling to attract new faces as the transfer window draws to a close.
Ten Hag finds himself watching the barrel of criticism from all corners as pundits and supporters line up to offer their two cents to one of the biggest clubs in the world.
Ben Mee leapt over Lisandro Martinez to score Brentford’s third in the opening 30 minutes of the game
The Dutchman became the first United boss in over a century – since John Chapman in 1921 – to lose his first two competitive games in charge. After the game, the former Ajax player criticized his players and said he could have changed any number at half-time.
“It sucks, it sucks, we need higher standards than that,” said Ten Hag after goals from Josh Dasilva, Ben Mathias Jensen, Ben Mee and Bryan Mbeumo condemned United to a desperate loss .
“The good players we had should have been better,” he said. Ten Hag made three substitutions after the first-half horror show and continued, “I could have changed another eight.
Erik ten Hag has a lot to think about after a miserable performance ahead of a tricky clash against rivals Liverpool
“You may have a plan, but the plan has gone to waste. I can cite several reasons, but that sounds like an excuse, and the excuses are not there. At the top we have to deliver and we haven’t.
United face a dash of trolley to end their transfer window with no one left on uncertain terms that the current squad simply fail to live up to the high standards expected of the club.
United’s traveling contingent in south-west London let their thoughts be known after the game, with fans booing players brave enough to wave goodbye after defeat.