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Erik ten Hag names two player Manchester United’s board must sign this summer (Details)

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Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag has reportedly advised the club’s board to focus on bringing Frenkie de Jong and Christian Eriksen to Old Trafford this summer.

Red Devils CEO Richard Arnold has affirmed that Man United are in conversations with Barcelona over a likely arrangement for De Jong.

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Man United purportedly as of late made a verbal bid for the midfielder, offering €60m (£52m) in addition to €10m (£8.7m) in additional terms, yet Barcelona are believed to want €85m (£73.8m) guaranteed fee, with the two clubs actually battling to come to an understanding over an transfer fee.

The 20-time English champions are said to be confident of reaching an agreement with the Catalan giants, though, with Ten Hag identifying the Netherlands international as his leading transfer target.

According to Dutch journalist Marcel van der Kraan, the club’s new head coach has made it clear to the club’s board that agreeing deals for De Jong and Eriksen should be their immediate priority.

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“Erik ten Hag has made it so clear to the Man United board that he wants both Frenkie de Jong and Christian Eriksen. If they don’t get those two players, it would be a breakdown of his ID and his model and his style at United,” Van der Kraan told Sky Sports News.

“Erik ten Hag doesn’t want any other players apart from those two first. Ten Hag says he’s seen the style of Barcelona and Ajax – if you want to play a certain attacking style, then you need Frenkie.

“With Christian Eriksen, at the beginning of this year, he’s come back from his heart shock. Erik ten Hag was able to witness with his own eyes the fitness of Eriksen again and those performances for Brentford really convinced him.”

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‘Criminal!’ – Paul Scholes blasts two Man United players after Brighton defeat

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'Criminal!' - Paul Scholes blasts two Man United players after Brighton defeat

Paul Scholes hammered Scott McTominay and Fred after Manchester United slipped to a disappointed defeat to Brighton in their Premier League next season opener.

Erik ten Hag endured a horrible first serious game as United manager as his Red Devils side were beaten 2-1 at Old Trafford.

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Pascal Gross scored two goals in nine first-half minutes as Brighton took a directing lead which drove the home side to be booed off at half-time.

United, who finished sixth last season, improved after the break but were unable to mount a comeback despite Alexis Mac Allister’s unfortunate own goal.

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It was Brighton’s first-ever win at the Theatre of Dreams and marked a deflating start to the Ten Hag era at Manchester United.

Scholes described United’s first-half performance as ‘shambolic’ and singled out midfield duo McTominay and Fred for criticism.

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“It was a shocking start for Man United and the first half was shambolic really, Scholes told Premier League productions. “The signs were there right from the first few minutes that this was going to be bad.

“McTominay was always trying to run with the ball, ridiculous. The quality in the middle of the pitch was really poor.

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“I was happy he didn’t get sent off [for a high challenge] but I think he was slightly lucky. Again, he’s running with the ball, absolutely ridiculous.

“It could easily have been a red card. The quality in the middle of the pitch was nowhere near good enough but we’ve seen that for the last few years with these two players.

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“With Fred and McTominay, he [Ten Hag] is going to have to go with just one of them but even one of them is probably too many.

“Fred gives the ball away all the time and McTominay’s trying to run with the ball constantly and then gives it away. Pass it to your best players! It’s not that difficult. It’s criminal on a day like today.”

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Man Utd 1-2 Brighton Highlights

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Man Utd 1-2 Brighton Highlights

Manchester United on Sunday fell to a deserved defeat to Brighton as the Erik ten Hag started in defeat for the new manager.

It was a dismal display, and the visitors took full advantage as Pascal Gross twice scored in the first half to confirm the Seagulls’ first ever win over United.

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Ronaldo, who started on the bench, was introduced before the hour mark but could not inspire the comeback.

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West Ham 0-2 Man City: Haaland nets debut brace (Highlights)

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West Ham vs Man City: Haaland nets debut brace (Highlights)

New Manchester City signing Erling Haaland marked his Premier League debut with a double as the champions began their title defence with a clinical 2-0 victory over West Ham United at the London Stadium on Sunday.

Pep Guardiola’s City were awarded a penalty after 36 minutes when Haaland charged past the West Ham defence to latch onto a through ball and take it around Alphonse Areola before being fouled by the substitute goalkeeper.

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The Norwegian striker stepped up to convert the spot kick, his cool finish sending Areola the wrong way to give City a deserved lead after an utterly dominant first half in which West Ham were rarely able to venture from their own box.

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West Ham XI: Fabianski; Coufal, Zouma, Cresswell, Johnson; Rice, Soucek; Fornals, Lanzini, Bowen, Antonio.

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Subs: Areola, Ashby, Coventry, Randolph, Downes, Okoflex, Vlasic, Scamacca, Benrahma,

Manchester City XI: Ederson; Walker, Dias, Ake, Cancelo; Rodri, De Bruyne, Gundogan; Foden, Haaland, Grealish.

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Subs: Ortega Moreno, Phillips, Stones, Alvarez, Silva, Mahrez, Palmer, Lewis, Wilson-Esbrand.

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