Much has been written about Eric Ten Haag’s determination to create a Warriors side at Manchester United, and a new report claims it’s behind the club’s ill-fated idea of signing Marko Arnautovic’s idea from Bologna.
sportsLauri Whitwell claims that “Ten Haag found continuity in the striker he wanted to add to the dressing room after working with Arnautovic at Twente.
“The word ‘wicked b-ard’ is mentioned in a complementary way.”
However, when the news broke, fans reacted badly, with many using the same phrase, but not in a complimenting way.
The backlash prompted the club to turn back as Johan Mertov prepared to make another bid for the Austrian.
“This incident is an example of the risks associated with taking the advice of a manager without verifying,” Whitwell noted.
The fault must be on Mertoff. Ten Hager’s job is to recommend the players he wants to the club, but Mertoff’s job is to do due diligence on the player before starting negotiations.
A simple background check reveals prohibitions and allegations of racism.
As recently reported here, that approach has former United manager Ralph Rangnick, now Arnautovic’s national team coach, ‘shaking his head’ in disbelief.
The timing of Arnautovic’s approach was also wrong, points out Whitwell. Due to the relatively early time, fans are furious at United’s lack of ambition to sign a 33-year-old who hasn’t set the Premier League on fire in the past.
The reporter explained that had it been done on or near the deadline, “some members of the club felt that…an additional signing rather than a basic signing might be well received by the fans.”
Ultimately, United haven’t signed any strikers this summer, so they’re very light on that.
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