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The current state of Manchester United will have players wondering whether joining the club is a ‘backward step’.
Frenkie de Jong deal. Manchester United are always in direct contact with Barça. The verbal proposal now discussed between clubs is around €65m guaranteed fee, after €60m plus add-ons opening bid rejected. 🚨🇳🇱 #MUFC— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) June 26, 2022
There are still no changes on player and agents side. pic.twitter.com/RMt3xdIn95
Cascarino said on talkSPORT: “Manchester United for the large period of my career, the grass was never greener leaving Manchester United.”
“Now you have got players who are looking at the club and thinking is this a step backwards, which is a complete reversal of how it used to be.”
The former Irish international added: “De Jong will be thinking, Barcelona didn’t have a particularly great season neither but is going to Manchester United who finished sixth last year a backward step for me?”
“There is an element in that within players, who are thinking this is not the Manchester United of 2013 and before, this is a completely different football club now.”
👀 “You’ve got players looking at Man United thinking ‘are they a step back?’.”— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) June 26, 2022
🤔 “For De Jong, is #MUFC a step back?”
Tony Cascarino feels Man United is a step back for players at elite clubs pic.twitter.com/z0UqKNRwXV
“There are a lot of issues at that club to be dealt with, not just on the field, off the field. They’ve tried to make quite a bit of change but there are loads to be done.”
New manager Erik ten Hag is about to start his reign as United boss, with players reporting back for pre season training on Monday ahead of the club’s tour of Australia and Thailand which starts at the end of next week.
The deal for De Jong is getting closer but not yet over the line, they are said to be put off by the asking price for Ajax winger Antony, which is believed to be in the region of £68 million.
There are a lot to do both on and off the pitch, with the clock ticking and the new season fast approaching, United need to pick up the pace in order to give their manager a squad that is capable of challenging for the top honours.
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