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Joel Glazer practically doubled Man United’s transfer budget after Brentford defeat


Manchester United’s poor start to the Premier League season has led club owners to add more than £100m to their transfer budget, according to a new report.

Manchester United, under new manager Eric Ten Haag, are bottom of the league after a home defeat to Brighton on day one followed by a 4-0 loss at Brentford.

According to Laurie Whitwell of The Athletic, the ignominious start led to a shift in thinking about what to invest in the squad.

“Several sources said the original budget presented in May was £120m when 10 Hag took office,” Whitwell said.

“The jump to almost double the number is particularly visible and all the more dramatic as it comes after a disastrous start to the campaign.”

In the end, the total transfer spend reached £229 million, a record for the club.

The Whitwell Report said the Brentford defeat was the catalyst for United’s move against Casemiro and Anthony.

“It has long been said that United can only afford one player of this value, but the combined cost of the two is £155.5m,” said the reporter.

It was widely reported that Manchester United pulled out of a deal with Anthony because they believed the price was too high.

“At the end of July, Anthony was not considered an option due to demand from Ajax,” Whitwell confirmed.

The picture painted by The Athletic is one of abrupt changes to the budget by major shareholder Joel Glazer, although sources at the outlet are skeptical about the source of the extra funding.

It is feared that the club’s debt has been increased by the sale of parts of the club to unscrupulous venture capitalists.

But the bright side of the story is that, despite a poor start, the board saw something in the new manager and encouraged them to support him along the way.

“Basically United are ten Hagers down,” concluded Whitwell. This must bode well for the future of the club after years of sailing rudderless boats.


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