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The Glazers have made big changes ahead of Man United and Burnley showdown

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Manchester United go up against Burnley at Old Trafford without the Glazers in the spotlight for the first time in a few years.

The Americans were booed during the same fixture in December 2019 and again in April when news of the European Super League broke. They’ve since tried to mend relations with fans, though the wounds remain raw.

When Manchester United lost 2-0 to Burnley two years ago, it was a dark and gloomy night at Old Trafford.

Supporters immediately vented their fury in the aftermath. Not towards Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, the man who oversaw the defeat, but the Glazers instead.

United fans had grown tired of their team blowing hot and cold, pining for the same consistency they had under Sir Alex Ferguson.

And they made it clear they’ll never like the Glazers, who they see as the villains behind their slump.

Then, when United met Burnley in the same fixture earlier this year, the Glazers were again in the spotlight.

Hours earlier their plans for a European Super League had hit the headlines, leading to supporters to make it clear how strongly they opposed them.

The Glazers didn’t just blindside United fans with the arrangement, which was then scrapped as fans from all clubs grouped together to make their voices heard.

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They also rocked Solskjaer by having Ed Woodward only inform the Norwegian over the plans just minutes before the game got underway.

Now, United face off against Burnley tonight.

Yet fans can’t blame the Glazers if they lose this evening because, since the European Super League debacle, they’ve started to get their act together.

It is long overdue, but worth acknowledging nonetheless. Rangnick, unlike Solskjaer, can’t hide behind the faces of brothers Joel and Avram Glazer.

It was they who decided to axe Solskjaer last month.

While it was clear the 48-year-old was out of his depth, it was still a strong statement that they wanted the best thing possible for the team.

Solskjaer’s sacking was the Glazers’ most brutal yet. Especially when you consider his popularity with not just the fans, but the players too.

He was given less of a season than predecessors Jose Mourinho, Louis van Gaal and David Moyes. Mourinho was axed in December 2018 yet Solskjaer was handed his P45 even sooner, at the end of November following a 4-1 defeat to Watford.

Then, there’s the steps they’ve taken to mend relations.

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At the start of December, it was announced that United had announced the membership of a new Fans’ Advisory Board.

In the statement releasing this, it was clear this was to help bridge the gap between the Glazers, at the top of the hierarchy, and supporters at the bottom.

“Seven fan representatives from a range of backgrounds have been appointed to the FAB, on a voluntary basis, to provide counsel to club leaders and create a new channel for consultation with fans,” it read.

“The FAB will be co-chaired by Christopher Saad, an experienced barrister and life-long Manchester United fan, and Richard Arnold, the club’s Group Managing Director.”

They also added: “The FAB is designed to create a channel for in-depth board-level consultation, with a focus on long-term strategic issues, including stadium development. It will operate in parallel with the Fans’ Forum, which will continue to focus on operational issues affecting fans.

“Two members of the Fans’ Forum, Ian Stirling and Rick McGagh, have been elected by fellow Forum members to join the FAB, ensuring a strong connection between the two bodies.

“Also on the FAB will be Jonathan Deitch and Duncan Drasdo, Chair and Chief Executive of MUST, respectively.

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“The other two fan places will be taken by Deborah Henry, Chair of the Manchester United Women’s Supporters’ Club, and Oli Winton, a senior communications consultant and long-time United fan activist.

“Joel Glazer, the club’s Co-Chairman, will attend the inaugural meeting in January.”

The decision to create such a role is a sign the Glazers are willing to listen, which they weren’t two years ago.

And there’s more to come, too.

Last week, it was revealed United want to modernise Old Trafford – with their famous arena starting to show signs of wear and tear.

They are also mulling over whether to build a second stadium for their women’s team and academy.

United have already chosen a master planner to oversee what’s been described as a ‘fundamental redevelopment’ of their Carrington training base as well.

And that means the Glazers are planning to be committed to the club for the foreseeable future, at least.

They’ve made plenty of errors during their time in the power positions at United.

But, for the first time in years, their home match with Burnley won’t be overshadowed by their name doing the rounds.

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Report: Arsenal now really Keen to sign ‘Astonishing’ attacker who scored more goals than Gabriel Jesus last season

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According to But Football Club, Arsenal want to sign Bayer Leverkusen and France winger Moussa Diaby before the transfer window shuts.

The Gunners are looking for a new wide player. Raphinha was high on their wish list and Mikel Arteta tried really hard to bring him in. The Brazilian, however, joined Barcelona for £55 million (Sky Sports) instead, and Arsenal have now apparently turned their attention to Diaby.

Arsenal really keen to sign Moussa Diaby from Bayer Leverkusen

Diaby is one of the finest players in the Bundesliga.

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The 23-year-old France international scored 17 goals and provided 14 assists in all competitions, which is a truly sensational return for a wide player.

His performances have caught the eye of a number of clubs, including Arteta’s Arsenal. The report claims that Diaby ‘strongly appeals’ to the Gunners boss, who is really keen to bring in a new winger before the window shuts.

The ‘astonishing‘ winger has come out and claimed that he wants to stay at Leverkusen this season, while the German outfit are keen to retain his services too.

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However, the report claims that if an offer in the region of £59.2 million arrives, they will let him go.

Arsenal don’t intend to pay that figure, but the report claims they will try to negotiate a deal for a lower fee.

Diaby still has three years left on his contract at Leverkusen.

Diaby really is a sensational player.

31 goal involvements in a single campaign for a 23-year-old wide player is a truly sensational return.

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Even Gabriel Jesus, who is viewed as the answer to Arsenal’s goalscoring woes, didn’t score as many goals as Frenchman last season.

Arsenal’s backup winger at the moment is Nicolas Pepe. The Ivorian, on his day, is unplayable, but sadly for Arsenal supporters, those days have rarely ever occurred over the last three years.

Diaby would be a massive upgrade over Pepe, but whether Arsenal can lure him in remains to be seen.

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Report: Star ready to join Man United now wants £33.7million contract

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The latest reports in the media are anything to go by and Adrien Rabiot’s mother-agent, Veronique, is proving to be a difficult negotiator.

Last night, we covered a story (via La Gazzetta Dello Sport) claiming that the French international has demanded a three-year deal worth £25.4million to move to Old Trafford.

This morning, as per Corriere dello Sport (news image provided below), the Red Devils have agreed a fee worth 17-18 million euros with Juventus but the dilemma is that the agreement with the player is still missing.

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Ten Hag contacted Rabiot to convince him to join Man Utd which is why the midfielder became willing to negotiate personal terms.

However, Veronique now wants a four-year contract worth 40 million euros (£33.7million) for his son and the negotiations have slowed down.

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Manchester United’s midfield department is in desperate need of reinforcements and Ten Hag may end up losing out on signing Frenkie de Jong to Chelsea.

The last big signing for the central midfield was done back in 2018 when Mourinho splashed the cash to lure Fred from Shakhtar. The Red Devils must act fast to strengthen things in the center of the park.

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Rabiot is neither as creative as Pogba nor as versatile as De Jong. However, he has experience of winning big titles with PSG and Juventus and even with France. So, in all fairness, he would be an upgrade to McFred.

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Man United pushing for Pogba replacement in more ways than one

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Manchester United may be about to take on another troublesome Frenchman, having just gotten rid of one.

The departures of Paul Pogba and others this summer have left new manager Erik ten Hag with a bare cupboard in terms of midfield options.

United have turned to Juventus outcast Adrien Rabiot, who is available for £15 million, after failing to secure Frenkie de Jong, the Ten Hag’s top transfer target, from Barcelona.

Rabiot, 27, isn’t particularly popular at Juventus and hasn’t replicated the form that established his reputation during the seven years he spent at PSG before that.

But it isn’t just on-field sluggishness that has harmed the reputation of a player who was once regarded as France’s golden boy.

Off-field squabbles and indiscretions, not only by Rabiot but also by his formidable mother and agent Veronique, have earned him a reputation as a difficult customer in the game.

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However, Ten Hag and United are becoming increasingly desperate. Despite the club’s insistence that their interest in Rabiot was firm prior to Sunday’s season-opening loss to Brighton, the timing appears to be a reactionary move.

And Rabiot’s rap sheet contains numerous items that could cause United to live to regret their decision.

Rabiot was on the verge of breaking into the PSG senior squad after graduating from their academy in 2012.

Rabiot was supposed to travel to Qatar with the team for a mid-season tour, but his mother insisted on accompanying him.

Veronique, Rabiot’s uncompromising agent, enters the picture. After his father, Michel Provost, suffered a stroke in 2007 that left him with locked-in syndrome, she took over his career. Michel is paralysed but fully aware.

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Her insistence on accompanying the tour caused friction, and Rabiot was eventually loaned out to Toulouse.

Even stranger, she allegedly insisted on attending all of their training sessions while there.

Two years later, Rabiot was on the verge of leaving PSG after Laurent Blanc demoted him to the reserves.

Veronique was waiting for Blanc as he left PSG’s Camp des Loges training facility one evening.

‘You can’t treat him like that. ‘I’m not going to agree to that,’ Blanc was told, presumably forcefully.

PSG had no choice but to call in security, but the confrontation appeared to work.

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Rabiot’s contract with PSG was renewed – and on better terms – not long after he failed to secure a move to Roma.

France’s hopes of adding the European Championship to their World Cup glory last year ended when they lost on penalties to Switzerland in the last-16.

Afterwards, an extraordinary video emerged of Veronique confronting Mbappe’s father, Wilfried, after the PSG striker missed the decisive spot-kick.

It is thought she said: ‘It is embarrassing how he struck that, for a player of his level. He hit it too lightly, I hope you are going to scold him.’

Apparently during an earlier discussion, Veronique told Wilfried his son was ‘arrogant’, has a ‘big head’ and gets ‘too much protection from the press.’

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