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Deal closed: Manchester United finally to make first summer signing…

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The sentence ‘Manchester United to make first summer signing’ is what we all have wanted to hear for the last few weeks but it is not something that seems to be coming just yet.

United still seem to be trying to haggle with Barcelona for Frenkie de Jong, knowing the price they need to pay.

Whilst Liverpool have signed Darwin Núñez and Manchester City has signed Erling Haaland and Kalvin Phillips, United have seemingly made no progress other than briefing the media that things are being worked on in the background and will start to fall into place.

The Glazers have ruined United. Purchasing the club and implementing a massive debt on the club, which have grown over the last 17 years rather than be decreased. The money being taken out the club is a joke too with £11 million in dividends taken out on Friday 24 June 2022.

Almost a week ago, Richard Arnold met with supporters of the club and gave the patter that United had money and can complete signings, seemingly giving all the positive talk and almost a week later, all we have seen is other clubs strengthen leaving United even further behind.

This summer Ed Woodward is no longer doing the transfers and other big names have left the club leaving Arnold as the new chief executive officer with John Murtough installed as the director of football. Both of these guys were involved previously as United stalled in the transfer market.

The same seems to be happening now. Nothing seems to have changed and United are penny pinching and about to allow yet another manager come in (Erik ten Hag) and not giving them what they need to drag this club forward. The same things will happen again and again.

Supporters of the club are quick to blame a manager but when similar things have happened under David Moyes, Louis van Gaal, Jose Mourinho and Ole Gunnar Solskjær, not to mention what Ralf Rangnick taught the hierarchy of the club, only to be ignored and be shown the door also.

It is almost like the Glazers and the men around them are oblivious to what is happening to Manchester United. Old Trafford is a shambles with little to no development for a number of years and the clubs Carrington training ground is not as good as their rivals training facilities.

When the writing is on the wall, it only every seems to be the supporters of the club to take notice and the Glazers and those around them seemingly bury their heads in the sand and just sit and wait for whatever is coming. United are years behind their rivals and look set to see that stretch further.

For a club as vast as Manchester United to be in the position that they are in right now is worrying. United are chasing a 30-year-old midfielder who is reportedly making a decision between the Old Trafford club and Brentford and doing their best to let another manager down.

At the end May is was reported that United’s debt stood at £495.7 million which had gone up from £443.5 million. The Glazers have suggested that they want to redevelop Old Trafford and the training facilities but the money is not there and they are not going to invest in the club – they never have.

It just seems that no matter the year, promises will be made and each time they will be broken. United are a club that will continue on a decline until there is nothing for the Glazers to drain from the club. Many years ago it was said they will use the club as a cash cow, it was right.

Whilst we all sit here waiting for that first signing to materialise, which many though would have happened on Friday 24 June 2022, which was the same day that £11 million was taken from the club in dividend payments – it turns out that nothing was announced to placate the supporters.

Does this mean the Glazers have no shame about what they are doing? Probably. Does it mean that they care about the club? I doubt it – they seem to care about what Manchester United can give them in monetary assets more than anything else. Does it mean they are bad owners? Yes.

Ultimately, Erik ten Hag has told his bosses what he wants to do this summer and just a matter of days before some of the squad return for preseason training, nothing has been secured by the club. It may well happen but this piece still stands. The Glazers are destroying Manchester United.

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Rio Ferdinand issues major warning about Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag

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Former centre-back Rio Ferdinand believes it is still too early to judge whether Erik ten Hag is the right man to lead Manchester United back to the top, despite their unquestionable improvement under him this season.

United head into tomorrow’s Manchester derby against City at Old Trafford with the knowledge that a win will lift them to within a point and place of their neighbours in the Premier League table.

The Reds have lost just one of their last 18 matches since being battered 6-3 by City back in October, featuring a current run of eight wins on the bounce.

The Reds, such is the level of progress they have made under Ten Hag this season, are now considered as one of the favourites to qualify for the Champions League for next season.

They have made significant strides in a relatively short space of time and victories over the likes of Arsenal, Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur already this season have proven that they are capable of competing in the upper echelons of the table again.

However, despite heading into the second half of the campaign with form in their sails, Ferdinand insists the jury is still out on Ten Hag, despite him reaching 20 wins as United manager quick than any of his predecessors.

“I think it’s too early to say,” said Ferdinand to the Mirror. “We’ve been here with previous managers when it looks like we are onto something.

“We’ve got to be patient and give the man time. I think all the signs are very positive at the moment. He’s come in and seen what is happening, assessed how things are, looked at individuals and looked at the shape of the team.

“These were a bunch of players that were quite low. They were shot to pieces and he’s had to build, not only footballers, but men back up again. He’s had to build a lot of human beings back up and that takes time.

“The fact he’s now talking about qualifying for the Champions League so positively, he can sense a confidence coming back into this team. There’s a consistency of performance from the team that wasn’t there before and the signals and signs are all very promising.

“But they’re still not where they want to be. City are way ahead of where United are. The distance is a bit closer, but it’s still not anywhere near where we want it to be. There’s still work to be done.”

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Manchester United takeover bids ‘expected imminently’ with serious interest in Club

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Manchester United are expecting takeover offers from across the world as they are set to invite bids ahead of ‘mid-February deadline’.

The Telegraph have reported that the club have received ‘serious interest’ from consortiums based in the Middle East, Asia and the United States.

British billionaire Sir Jim Ratcliffe is also weighing up an offer, as the Glazers hope to the sell one of the biggest clubs in the world for over £5billion.

The report also adds that parties who had been interested in taking over Chelsea, before Todd Boehly’s £4.25bn takeover, are set to return with approaches for the Red Devils.

It’s expected that potential investors will go public with their attempts to buy United in the coming weeks with the clock ‘now ticking on a deal’.

Senior United figures will issue a mid February deadline for formal offers in order to help get get the takeover completed before the end of the season.

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Confirmed: Chelsea ready to make late bid to hijack another Arsenal transfer

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Chelsea will make a late attempt to scupper Arsenal’s hopes of finally signing Mikhailo Mudryk from Shakhtar Donetsk.

The Gunners have submitted their third bid for the Ukraine international winger and hope an offer of £62m before add-ons, which take the deal closer to £70m, will be enough to break the deadlock between the two clubs.

Chelsea’s interest in the 21-year-old winger was earlier this week described only as ‘exploratory’ but ESPN now claim that Todd Boehly will test the waters and attempt to throw a spanner in the works for the Premier League leaders.

Shakhtar’s technical director Darijo Srna was pictured at Stamford Bridge last week as he watched Chelsea’s defeat against Manchester City and Boehly would have little issue with meeting an asking price which is closer to £88million.

Arsenal are said to be confident that their latest bid for Mudryk will be enough to finally secure the services of their No.1 January target, but have already been beaten to the punch once this month by their west London rivals.

Chelsea won the race to sign Joao Felix on loan from Atletico Madrid amid competition from Arsenal and Manchester United, but the Portugal international’s promising debut ended in devastating fashion when he was sent off just shy of the hour mark for a dangerous challenge on Fulham’s Kenny Tete.

Felix will now miss the next three games through suspension as the problems mount for Chelsea’s under-fire manager Graham Potter.

‘It sums up where we are at the moment – everything that can go wrong, is going wrong,’ Potter said after Chelsea’s 2-1 west London derby defeat.

‘It was a forward’s tackle from Joao, there was no malice in it but I understand why it was a red. It is another blow the hits keep coming at the moment.

‘He was really good you could see his quality in the game so it is doubly disappointing for us because he was looking dangerous throughout.

‘I don’t think there was too much malice in it and it is an unfortunate action and we are going to lose him now for three games.’

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