Erik Ten Hag left shell-shocked by star’s Man United snub

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Manchester United are having a hard time in this summer’s transfer window.

The Red Devils, led by new Dutch manager Erik ten Hag, have been heavily linked with several players, including Barcelona’s Frenkie De Jong and free-agent Christian Eriksen but have so far failed to sign a single player.

However, despite the 20-time league winner’s relentless pursuit of both De Jong and Eriksen, deals for either player do not seem to be progressing as the club would like.

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It isn’t just the midfield that ten Hag is desperate to reinforce though. The Dutch tactician is believed to be keen to bring in a new defender and one name to emerge as a top target has been Ajax centre-back Jurrien Timber.

Although at one point, it looked like United could make a move happen, a transfer for the 21-year-old defender now appears to be off the table.

According to a recent report from the Mirror, the Utrecht-born defender has opted against following his former manager to Old Trafford, leaving ten Hag stunned.

Failure to kick their summer spending spree off soon will see the club’s fanbase become incredibly frustrated, which, in turn, would make ten Hag’s opening campaign even tougher.

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  1. It take bravery for any established player to make a move to man utd. Ten Hag should look for player who are just as brave as him otherwise he won’t succeed in this job. So far we haven’t seen anyone who has the heart. Again I don’t think the board is serious in backing him. I think he should take a walk if he isn’t getting meaningful support. What was that “mistake” that BBC made about Manchester United on their news line? That is where we are at this time.

    1. Absolutely he should just walkway before it get worse
      I love Man U Buh the way they moving is joke

  2. No player wld want to play under Maquire as the captain..I wldnt either.That is main reason CR7 is walking away and so is any other player that wld av wanted to come..Strip Maquire of the captain and see optimism and belief in any Man utd player again.Ten Haag shld publicly denounce him of the captainship instead of asking for a meeting with him.Wld u think Maquire wld say a Yes if u asked him the captainship be taken from him…TenHaag shld av d guts.

  3. Why is it that ManU never get any transfers over the line like other clubs, is it that they are trying to get a better deal, I think not, from how I see it we haggle and lose out and pay even more for the players we do get in an jurk response in last minute transfers

  4. Why would we hire a new coach if we not backing him.i think united onwers don’t have a mind or a heart when it comes to sport they are more focused on making money and using united a coletoral for making loans then thinking of us winning.they are setting the coach up for failure even before he started.qe could get the best coaches in the world but we have the worst owners.just think of they wanted to being us back to our winning ways Nunez would’ve been by us timber de jong and all the top names.but we invest in players like Maguire Pogba and then they still write autobiography s about us but they showed no class of once again new coach but no glory glory glazer united

  5. I am not surprised. It was bound to happen. Ten Hag and the useless board are indecisive, taking forever to make up their minds on whether to actually sign a player. They have become obsessed with De Jong to the point that they will lose all their targets to other clubs and they let Rangnick go. At least he knew how to sign players. His record proves it. Recruitment is a total mess. I don’t anticipate any meaningful signings..

  6. UTD letting down the fans yet Again. Should be ashamed of themselves. Chasing a player that doesn’t want to leave. GLAZIERS AND BOARD OUT!!
    Looking forward to playing in the championship in 23-24 season

  7. Totally agree Chris. If the board aren’t willing to move faster and back the new manager, he should have the guts to walk. That will leave him out of work for a little while, but Utd would be in a real mess, trying to find another caretaker.
    Apathy, is what’s keeping them all in a job at the moment, lose the manager before a ball is kicked and the fanbase will turn toxic. They say they spend the money, but they always spend it in the wrong direction, on the wrong recruits.

  8. I do not understand Ten Hag’s obsession with de jong because there very many other midfielders who would be willing to join our team but are being shunned for some one who is not willing to join united

  9. I don’t think the problem is with De Jong. I think the board isn’t serious about signing De Jong. Pay what Barca is asking for and make the first signing then other players will start taking you serious. I think the players don’t believe we are serious about our overhaul. Forget about champions league. When we signed Ibrahimovic and Pogba we were not playing champions league. Arnold is worst than Woodard. We are finished as a football club.

  10. I would rather we did take our time when choosing new players to buy we just can’t afford to throw money away on a whim we need to choose wisely simple as that

  11. The problem with De Jong has become huge! He is not the only good midfield player is he? If he is too expensive or he does not like the transfer, then Ten Haag and Man United should be able to find and buy another player that fits Ten Haags requirements. If they can not find one then United are in huge trouble, not just in the owner or tge board level, but across the board. Plus is the position of De Jong the only podition United need new plsyers? Noit is not, yet tgere is no movement on any transfer front. The way this is done, by the time United will start buying players all of their targets will probably be already transfered to another club.

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