Manchester United legends Gary Neville and Roy Keane have wondered the membership’s rumoured flow for Marko Arnautovic and slammed their technique to recruitment this summer time.
The Red Devils kicked off the brand new season, and Erik ten Hag’s reign, with a 2-1 defeat at home to Brighton on Sunday, with simply two new signings – Lisandro Martinez and Christian Eriksen – inside the beginning XI.
Ten Hag became compelled to subject Eriksen as a fake 9 with Anthony Martial injured, and the club have now been related with a marvel £7m flow for 33-yr-vintage Bologna striker Arnautovic to offer emergency cowl and competition up top.
But Neville cannot discover any enthusiasm for the deal and has likened the Austrian to different over-the-hill signings United have made, even as he expects Bologna to make the club’s hierarchy pay over the percentages for Arnautovic.
Asked approximately the marvel flow for the previous Stoke forward, Neville instructed Sky Sports: ‘The first issue you do when the smartphone earrings from Manchester United is reject the bid.
‘The reality of it’s far you know full nicely, they’ve misplaced that recreation today, they’re absolutely negotiating from an even worse role than they were the day prior to this and that’s a larger trouble for them.’
After first of all claiming he had nothing to say approximately the move for Arnautovic, Neville stated: ‘We’ve seen it with Falcao, Ibrahimovic, Cavani, Ighalo – those desperate, type of experienced signings.
‘We’ve seen it now for 8 or 10 years, it’s a pattern, it’s taking place time and time again. We don’t even get irritated, we don’t even get lively approximately it anymore. It’s were given to the factor in which I don’t even need to remark about it.’
Fellow pundit Keane turned into further dismayed through the link to Arnautovic, chiming in: ‘Who’s making these decisions? Who’s figuring out which gamers are going to are available in?
‘They’re talking about Darren Fletcher as technical director, they’ve were given a new coach, John Murtough is manifestly concerned, there’s a brand new chief government, there’s speak approximately them going back to Alex Ferguson and David Gill. My goodness, what is going on?
‘It’s o.k. having the money, you’ve got to get the right players in with the right man or woman.’
On United’s failure to overtake the squad this summer, which has left them brief up pinnacle, Neville persevered: ‘The cash that became had to rebuild that squad this summer season… they knew six months ago, eight months, one year in the past that there was going to need to be funding this summer.
‘All those players that were leaving like Mata and Matic and all the different ones which have left, they knew they had a problem with Martial no longer having been fancied in the beyond, Cristiano coming to the end, Cavani leaving, obviously the scenario with Greenwood now not inside the club anymore. All this stuff were regarded for a long term, it’s no longer as if it’s simply hit them now.’
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