The fallout continues after Manchester United were humbled by Brentford at the weekend, losing 4-0 in astonishing fashion. – Sport Media News

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The fallout continues after Manchester United were humbled by Brentford at the weekend, losing 4-0 in astonishing fashion.

United’s players were given Monday off having been hauled in for an unscheduled training session on Sunday. United manager Erik ten Hag cancelled the players’ day off and put them through a punishing session at the club’s Carrington training complex less than 24 hours after the thrashing at Brentford.

Injured duo Anthony Martial and Victor Lindelof were the only first-team squad members to report for treatment yesterday morning.

Meanwhile, United have decided to sell midfielder James Garner. The Manchester Evening News understands United value Garner, 21, between £15million and £20m and Nottingham Forest and Tottenham are interested. Garner is under contract at United until 2024.

United academy graduate Garner only played 22 minutes during the club’s pre-season tour of Thailand and Australia due to injury and started in the friendly with Rayo Vallecano at Old Trafford.

Darwin Nunes was shown a straight red card in Liverpool’s 1-1 draw with Crystal Palace last night for headbutting Joachim Andersen.

It means the striker will miss the trip to Old Trafford on Monday and leaves Liverpool light on attacking options with Diogo Jota and Roberto Firmino currently sidelined as well.

Manchester United have decided to sell midfielder James Garner.

The Manchester Evening News understands United value Garner, 21, between £15million and £20m and Nottingham Forest and Tottenham are interested. Garner is under contract at United until 2024.

United academy graduate Garner only played 22 minutes during the club’s pre-season tour of Thailand and Australia due to injury and started in the friendly with Rayo Vallecano at Old Trafford.

Manchester United have denied the latest reports regarding Cristiano Ronaldo’s future at the club. On Sunday, Sky Sports reported that the Reds were looking to see a ‘change’ in Ronaldo’s attitude or they would be forced to terminate the forward’s contract.

However, MEN Sport have been told by the club that these reports are ‘false’. United are adamant that Ronaldo’s contract is not under discussion by the club in terms of being terminated and that they expect him to see it out, with the player not for sale this summer.

Earlier this transfer window, Ronaldo had made it clear to United that he wished to move away from the club if a ‘reasonable’ offer was submitted for his services. The 37-year-old then missed the club’s pre-season tour of Thailand and Australia due to ‘family reasons’.

Adrien Rabiot appears to have dropped a hint regarding his potential move to Manchester United.

United have agreed a fee of £15million rising to £20m with Juventus for the French midfielder, and are now in the process of negotiating personal terms with his agent-mother Veronique.

On Monday a video was uploaded to social media of Rabiot alongside a fan, appearing to say his goodbyes to Italian football. The fan says: “I am here with the great player Rabiot, of Juventus, now in England. So I wish you the best brother. Bye bye.”

Chris Sutton has slammed Ten Hag’s decision to make a trio of substitutions at half-time during United’s harrowing defeat at Brentford.

The former Ajax chief hauled off Fred, Luke Shaw and Lisandro Martinez at the interval following an abject first-half display, but Sutton has hit out at Ten Hag for subjecting his flops to the “ultimate humiliation”.

Sutton also warned Ten Hag that teams will continue to target Martinez after the 5ft 9in centre-half was bullied by the Bees’ frontline in the capital.

Manchester United are reportedly ready to cash in on James Garner this summer – just weeks after the academy graduate was tipped to challenge for a first-team berth.

The 21-year-old impressed on loan at Nottingham Forest last year and played a crucial role in helping Steve Cooper’s side end their agonising 23-year exile from the top flight.

But Ten Hag is now ready to sell Garner – who has Premier League suitors – if United’s valuation of £14million is reached in the coming weeks – even though the club are no closer to a deal for their No.1 midfield target, Frenkie de Jong.

Rio Ferdinand has hit out at Manchester United’s protracted pursuit of De Jong – just weeks after he backed Ten Hag to bag his man.

United are still no closer to prising the Dutch playmaker away from Barcelona, despite months of negotiations in a bid to persuade the former Ajax man to make the move to Old Trafford.

And Ferdinand has now slammed United’s lacklustre transfer strategy in the wake of their humiliating defeat against Brentford.

Gary Neville believes just two of Manchester United’s signings over the past nine years have proven to be a success.

United have been heavily criticised for their dealings in the transfer market since Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement in 2013. The club have spent over £1billion over the past nine years, but have very little success to show for it.

Former United captain Neville collated all of the signings made by United since the summer of 2013 – their first without Ferguson in charge – to analyse how many had proven to be a success. The former defender categorised the signings into green, amber and red sections in order to show their level of success.

Of the 33 signings made by the club, just two were deemed by Neville to have been a success – Bruno Fernandes and Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Seven more – Ander Herrera, Luke Shaw, Nemanja Matic, Fred, Harry Maguire, Edinson Cavani and Cristiano Ronaldo – were placed in the amber section, while the remaining 24 players were deemed to have been a failure.

“One of the problems Manchester United have had for 10 years is that they’ve flip-flopped from managers, strategies and they’ve allowed managers to control recruitment, and that’s a massive issue,” Neville told Sky Sports.

“We think there’s only two signings at this moment in time that you can say have been good and performed at a decent level. You can argue that [Bruno] Fernandes has gone off the boil a little but the numbers that he hit in the last few seasons has worked.

“[Zlatan] Ibrahimovic worked. Amber: Herrera, Shaw – we debated over Shaw – Matic, we debated over Juan Mata who is in red but could’ve been in amber, Cristiano Ronaldo would’ve been green on last season but what’s happened in the last month in terms of he wants to leave, it’s a nightmare scenario, it’s not working.

“75 per cent of those signings are in red, they’ve not worked. 20 per cent are an amber and only four (or) five per cent of signings, we think, have worked. That is a horror story from a recruitment point of view.”

Neville added: “However, there’s a call for blaming the players and we’ve blamed the players over the years. I was excited about a lot of those signings as many people were, even last year with [Rapahael] Varane, [Jadon] Sancho, Ronaldo. [Angel] Di Maria came and we all went, ‘ooh he’ll be a good signing’, we did it on Monday Night Football at Leicester when he went through midfield.

“But it’s become a graveyard for football players this football club, where football players are now considering to even come to the club, they can’t get players in. When a school is underperforming for years they get put under special measures by the government and the kids don’t get blamed – that’s where Man United are. They’re in special measures and you can’t blame the kids anymore.”

Manchester United are reportedly close to signing Matheus Cunha from Atletico Madrid in a £42million transfer. The Red Devils are scrambling for additions following a disastrous start to the new Premier League season, which has apparently prompted several senior players to directly tell the Old Trafford hierarchy that they must step up their business over the coming weeks.

United have been beaten by Brighton and Brentford in their opening two league games. The latter reverse was Sunday’s 4-0 demolition that has sparked the latest inquest at Old Trafford.

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Head coach Erik ten Hag is now desperate for new arrivals after seeing his side flounder in successive fixtures. United have been linked with several players and are now apparently close to signing Cunha from Atletico.

A £42m bid for the Brazilian has reportedly been accepted by the La Liga club. The 23-year-old could become United’s fourth summer signing, joining Cristian Eriksen, Lisandro Martinez and Tyrell Malacia in arriving at Old Trafford.

That is according to TalkSPORT, who claim that a move is ‘close’. The versatile star can play as a winger or as a striker, giving Ten Hag plenty of options.

However, he does not boast an outstanding goal record, having scored just six times in the Spanish top-flight last season. He bagged seven Bundesliga goals the season before with Hertha Berlin.

Reports of Cunha’s imminent arrival come amid claims that United could rekindle their interest in Ajax star and fellow Brazil international Antony. Ajax previously quoted £67m for the 22-year-old, but the Brazilian edition of Goal reports that United feel that stance might be softened later in the transfer window.

United appeared to have given up hope of signing Antony earlier in the transfer window after being given an ultimatum by Ajax over two of their transfer targets. Ten Hag’s former side told the Red Devils to pick one of Martinez or Antony and United ultimately chose the former to plug their defensive issues.

But they apparently now believe that Ajax will back down on their £67m valuation and could accept closer to £50m. Antony scored his first goal of the new campaign in Ajax’s 6-1 thumping of Groningen on Sunday.

United are also close to confirming the signing of Adrien Rabiot from Juventus. It comes after the club seemingly gave up on pursuing Barcelona’s Frenkie de Jong.

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